Herb latin name: Himalayacalamus cupreus

Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)

Edible parts of Himalayacalamus cupreus:

Stems - cooked. The shoots are very palatable, but there are restrictions on harvesting it in Nepal because the mature stems are required for use in weaving.

Description of the plant:


6 m
(20 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Cool broad-leaved forests, 2300 - 2800 metres.

Other uses of Himalayacalamus cupreus:

The older stems are harvested and then split for weaving into baskets and mats. The plant has large culms with long internodes, which makes it one of the most sought after bamboos for weaving.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - surface sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20C. Do not allow the compost to dry out. There is a degree of dormancy in the seed and it can take 1 - 8 months to germinate at 20 - 25C, a cold pre-treatment might shorten this time. Grow on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out. Seed is rarely available. Division in spring as new growth commences. 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 Himalayacalamus cupreus:

Cool broad-leaved forests, 2300 - 2800 metres.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Himalayacalamus cupreus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.