This magnificent very erect sooty black-culmed bamboo which retain its black colouring after harvesting, is much valued for furniture and musical instrument making in Java. The culms, sometimes with light coloured stripes, are exposed and leafless for some metres then capped with dense downward pointing leaves. The dark hair covered shoot is edible.
- Frost to: -2 DegC.
- Origin: Collected by us in Java (1995)
- Typical height: 10-12m
- Typical pole diameter: 100mm.