¿ bamboo flowers ?

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Dinesh Valke

Jan 30, 2009, 7:39:04 AM1/30/09
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Hello friends,

... are these bamboo flowers ?
They look different to me compared to what are posted here few days back by Rajendra ji
... is it male / female flowers OR different species of bamboo have different kinds of flowers ?

Photos taken on Jan 18, 2009 at Nagla block of Sanjay Gandhi National Park.



Yazdy Palia

Jan 30, 2009, 1:36:21 PM1/30/09
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Dear Dinesh ji,
If the leaves are from the same plant, it is not bamboo. When bamboo
is in blossom, you hardly see any leaves and the leaves are narrow. I
doubt it is bamboo.
Yazdy Palia.


Jan 30, 2009, 1:49:05 PM1/30/09
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Hi All,
I am a newcomer to the group. Thanks to Garg Ji for allowing me to become a member of this very educative forum.
Those who are interested to know a bit more about the gregarious flowering of Bamboo that had perhaps prompted the emergence of an unprecedented socio-political movement in Mizoram back in early sixties can consider seeing a documentary film named 'WHEN THE BAMBOO FLOWERS' produced by ANIMAL PLANET.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to see what the gregarious flowering of Bamboo means while setting up the filming in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram in 2004-05 on behalf of  ANIMAL PLANET.The most interesting part was to know about how the phenomenon is associated with food security of the locals due to the prolific growth of Rodent population feeding on the fallen Bamboo fruits and eventually raiding the grain stores in the villages.It is believed by the locals that such a phenomenon repeats in every 45-50 years cycle.I had met a group of Japanese Scientists in Mizoram who also had come then to check the situation and to record scientific data.
I was later surprised to see Bamboo flowering in some of the villages in Assam as recently as in 2008 although it could be described as sporadic. Such sporadic flowering was also reported to have been occurred in many other places in  Central and Western India(I have photos captured in Kanha by a friend from Pune).
It would be of course of much interest to know more about the mystery since many of our rural communities depend much on Bamboo plant, and the GOI has a 'Bamboo Mission' programme that aims at reducing the consumption of wood by encouraging Bamboo products as a better alternative.
In Nagaland  I have seen  as to how Bamboo charcoal is being used on  experimental basis as a solution to the problem concerning inadequate supply of LPG/conventional energy, but I do not know if it is a local decision or not.
I would also be very keen to know from my fellow members of the forum if the past/ recent gregarious/sporadic flowering had/has affected the Red Pandas/ Giant Pandas or not
Pardon my ignorance , if any.
Asit Biswas

On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 6:09 PM, Dinesh Valke <dinesh...@gmail.com> wrote:
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Dinesh Valke

Jan 31, 2009, 5:32:48 AM1/31/09
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Yazdy, those leaves are of another close-by plant ... one of my friends has suggested Dendrocalamus strictus.


Jan 31, 2009, 8:35:50 AM1/31/09
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These flowers are of Dendrocalamus strictus.

Dinesh Valke

Feb 1, 2009, 7:27:02 AM2/1/09
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Hello Anil ji, Yazdi ji, thanks very much for validating this ID.

J.M. Garg

Feb 1, 2009, 11:52:45 PM2/1/09
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Does anyone has any knowldge regarding:
"I would also be very keen to know from my fellow members of the forum if the past/ recent gregarious/sporadic flowering had/has affected the Red Pandas/ Giant Pandas or not"
Here are other Indiantreepix threads on the mass flowering of the same species:
2009/2/1 Dinesh Valke <dinesh...@gmail.com>
Creating Awareness about Indian Flora & Fauna:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jmgarg1
For learning about our trees & plants, please visit/ join Google e-group (Indiantreepix) http://groups.google.co.in/group/indiantreepix?hl=en

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