Thyrsostachys Gamble

  • Ratan Lal Banik
Part of the Tropical Forestry book series (TROPICAL)


During 1891 a handsome bamboo of ‘graceful habit and modern size’ flowered in Katha District, Upper Burma. The flowering specimens and seeds of species were collected by J. W. Oliver, Conservator of Forests, Burma, and sent to the J. S. Gamble, Conservator of Forests, School Circle, to the director of the Imperial Forest School, Dehradun, and also some to the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta. After studying the flowering specimens of 1891, Gamble (1894, 1896) placed that bamboo under a new taxonomic genus Thyrsostachys and named it as Thyrsostachys oliveri, in the honour of Mr. Oliver (Banik 1994a, b). Thus, the taxonomic nomenclature of the species was published as Thyrsostachys oliveri Gamble. The genus Thyrsostachys is naturally distributed in Thailand and Myanmar. It is also popular in cultivation in many different parts of Indian sub-continent. Only two species, namely, Thyrsostachys oliveri and Thyrsostachys siamensis, are known. Both the species are described below due to their socio-economic and industrial demand in the South Asian region.


Branch Cutting Bamboo Species South Asian Region Culm Wall Nursery Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ratan Lal Banik
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  1. 1.NMBA (National Mission on Bamboo Applications)New DelhiIndia

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