Herb latin name: Borinda grossa
Synonyms: Fargesia grossa
Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Borinda grossa:Wetter temperate mixed coniferous forests, often associated with hemlock, at altitudes of 2600 - 3200 metres in central and eastern Bhutan.
Other uses of the herb:The canes have level nodes, thin walls and long internodes. They split easily and are suitable for weaving into baskets, fencing sections, mats for house roofing etc. This is one of the most important of the minor forestry products in Bhutan and is widely harvested throughout its range.
Propagation of Borinda grossa:Seed - surface sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°C. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. Grow on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out. Seed is rarely available. Division in late spring. Best done as the new shoots first appear above ground. Take divisions with at least three canes in the clump, trying to cause as little root disturbance to the main plant as possible. Grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse in pots of a high fertility sandy medium. Mist the foliage regularly until plants are established. Plant them out into their permanent positions when a good root system has developed, which can take a year or more. Basal cane cuttings.
Cultivation of the herb:Wetter temperate mixed coniferous forests, often associated with hemlock, at altitudes of 2600 - 3200 metres in central and eastern Bhutan.
Medicinal use of Borinda grossa:None known
Known hazards of Borinda grossa:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.