Melocanna Trin.

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


Melocanna comes from the Greek word melon, an apple, and Greek word kanna, a reed, which means a reed-like bamboo with apple-like fruits. The pear-like fruit of Melocanna has attracted the attention of many botanists. However, it is suggested that the fleshy fruit may have been derived independently in several sub-tribes including Melocanninae (Soderstrom and Ellis 1988). In the field the species can be recognized by its open clump and erect culms with persistent culm sheaths that have long narrow imperfect blades. The genus is a native to the northeast region of India, Chittagong Hill Tract and Arakan Range and also introduced in pilot plantations in other parts of subcontinent and in botanical gardens and eco-parks in Southeast Asia, Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, London, Europe and North America.


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

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