Tree Species (Scientific Name)
Gigantochloa atter
Food
Lumber
Product
English Common Name
The black bamboo
Indonesian Common Name
Bambu ater, Pring legi (Javanese), Awi temen (Sundanese)
Tree Family
Poaceae
Average Leaf Size (cm)
32cm
Length
×
6cm
Width
Tree Height
Medium (20–35m)
Elevational Range (m)
0–1400m
0 3000
Distribution
Native
Exotic
Native to Indonesia

Native to

Region
Asia
SE Asia
Laos, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam
Indonesia
Borneo, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Maluku Islands, New Guinea, Sulawesi, Sumatra

Coffee Agroforestry Information

Coffee System
Robusta
Arabica
Coffee Impact
Beneficial to coffee
Prevalence
Unknown
Cultivation
Planted
Regeneration
Unknown
Tree Management

Propagated by rhizome or culm cuttings. After a cutting is planted, it may develop up to 24 culms in 3 years. Protecting cuttings in the nursery from heavy rain. Transplant one-year-old plants when 75 cm tall, preferably at the beginning of the rainy season. Spacing of 7-8 m x 7 m, giving 180-200 clumps per ha. Competes with coffee.

Tree Benefits and Uses

Farmer Uses
  • Food
  • Lumber
  • Product

Shoots are consumed. The culm is often used for building material (framework, fences, and walls). It is also used to make household utensils and furniture. In West Java, it is used as a material for bamboo musical instruments.

Farm Services
  • Unknown

Maintains water regulation and quantity.

Biodiversity Benefits
Unknown