Chimonobambusa callosa, an eastern Himalayan hill bamboo, can grow to a height of five to 10 metres A rare bamboo from Nagaland in northeast India has found a second home in picturesque Wagamon in Idukki district of Kerala, courtesy a conservation programme of the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI). The bamboo species, Chimonobambusa callosa, appeared to have adapted well to its new environment at the Wagamon orchidarium of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation (KFDC), JNTBGRI director R. Prakashkumar told The Hindu . An eastern Himalayan hill bamboo from the Indo-China region, Chimonobambusa callosa can grow to a height of five to 10 metres. The bambusetum at the JNTBGRI campus at Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, boasts a rich collection of bamboos, but finding a suitable home for the guest from Nagaland was easier said than done. JNTBGRI researchers had collected samples of the species from Jotsoma, above Kohima, from a height of 1,400 metres above mean sea level (msl) in February 2019. Attempts to grow the bamboo in Palode soon ran into difficulties. “Since the JNTBGRI campus is only 150-200 metres above sea level, the plant remains stunted and approached a possible degeneration,” noted Dr. Prakashkumar. Disappointed with […]


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