Bambusa nutans - Wall. ex Munro
Common Name Nodding Bamboo, Mai bong
Family Poaceae
USDA hardiness 9-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist hill slopes and flat uplands in well-drained sandy loam to clayey loam soils at elevations from 700 - 1,500 metres[ 361 ].
Range E. Asia - India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Bambusa nutans is a tropical plant found in Southeast Asia that grows up to 6-15 m tall. It is a graceful bamboo that can be used as an ornamental. The shoots of this species are cooked. The culm has various uses, mainly as poles. It is a source of fibre used in making papers in India.

Bambusa nutans Nodding Bamboo, Mai bong
Bambusa nutans Nodding Bamboo, Mai bong
Physical Characteristics
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Bambusa nutans is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 12 m (39ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Arundarbor nutans (Munro) Kuntze Bambusa crinita Thomson ex Munro Bambusa falconeri Munro

Edible Uses
Edible portion: Shoots. Shoots - cooked[ 317 ].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
Other uses rating: High (4/5). Agroforestry Uses: The plant is sometimes used to provide shelter for tea plantations[ 317 ]. Other Uses The culm is good, strong, straight. It is used locally for various purposes, mainly as poles[ 361 ]. It is a major source of fibre for the paper industry in India[ 361 ].
Cultivation details
Industrial Crop: Biomass;  Management: Managed Multistem;  Minor Global Crop;  Other Systems: Multistrata;  Other Systems: Strip intercrop.

A plant of the tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,600 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 - 28c, but can tolerate 9 - 32c[ 418 ]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 2,300 - 3,000mm, but tolerates 700 - 4,500mm[ 418 ]. Succeeds in full sun and in dappled shade[ 418 ]. Grows best in a fertile, heavy soil[ 418 ]. Prefers a pH in the range 6 - 7, tolerating 5.5 - 7.5[ 418 ]. Bamboos have an interesting method of growth. Each plant produces a number of new stems annually - these stems grow to their maximum height in their first year of growth, subsequent growth in the stem being limited to the production of new side branches and leaves. In the case of some mature tropical species the new stem could be as much as 30 metres tall, with daily increases in height of 30cm or more during their peak growth time. This makes them some of the fastest-growing species in the world[ K ]. Bamboos in general are usually monocarpic, living for many years before flowering, then flowering and seeding profusely for a period of 1 - 3 years before usually dying.
Other Names
Nodding Bamboo, Mai bong
Found In
Found In: Asia, Indochina, Laos, SE Asia.
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Bambusa bambosGiant Thorny Bamboo33
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Bambusa odashimaeOdashimae Bamboo40
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Bambusa polymorphaBurmese bamboo, Jama Betua20
Bambusa vulgarisCommon Bamboo32
Chimonobambusa marmoreaKan-Chiku10
Chimonobambusa pachystachysThorny Bamboo10
Chimonobambusa purpurea 10
Chimonobambusa quadrangularisSquare Bamboo20
Chimonobambusa szechuanensis 10


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