Collections & Interpretations » Bambusetum

Bambusetum

The KFRI-Bambusetum was established during 1988-95 as part of the IDRC Bamboo project at FRC campus Veluppadam. 63 different species of bamboos are present in the Bambusetum of this, 55 species are in the Field Research Centre, Velupadam and the remaining 8 species (3 of them yet to be identified) in a high elevation site at Devikulam. Valuable information on clump development, culm production and growth parameters like culm length, culm girth, etc. are being gathered, computed and analyzed for productivity of these valuable Bamboos. Effect of management practices like weeding, soil working, selective cutting etc. on the production potential of each of these species is being closely monitored. The KFRI-Bambusetum aims to have an exhaustive collection of Sympodial bamboos that can be grown in a typical agro-climatic zone and to gather invaluable scientific information on bamboo growth in state. The Bambusetam also serves as genetic resource for future crop improvement programmes and for forest managers and farmers.

For more details please refer the KFRI research report (KFRI/401/2003) titled: “The Institute Sympodial Bambusetum at Veluppadam Field Research centre”

List of Bamboo species at Field Research centre, Veluppadam (55 species) are
Arundinaria griffithiana, Bambusa affinis, Bambusa albociliata, Bambusa albostriata, Bambusa balcooa, Bambusa bambos, Bambusa bambos var. gigantean, Bambusa blumeanas, Bambusa dissimilator, Bambusa glaucesence, Bambusa longispiculata, Bambusa membranacus, Bambusa multiplex, Bambusa multiplex (yellow), Bambusa nana, Bambusa nutans, Bambusa oldhami, Bambusa pellida, Bambusa polymorpha, Bambusa textiles, Bambusa tulda, Bambusa vulgaris, Bambusa vulgaris var. striata, Bambusa vulgaris var. wamin, Cephalostachyum fussianum, Cephalostachyum pergracile, Dendrocalamus asper, Dendrocalamus brandisii, Dendrocalamus giganteus, Dendrocalamus hamiltonii, Dendrocalamus longispathus, Dendrocalamus sikkimensis, Dendrocalamus strictus, Dinochloa machlandii, Gauda angustifolia, Gigantochloa atrovialacea, Gigantochloa attar, Gigantochloa macrostachya, Gigantochloa mangong, Melocanna bacciferea, Ochlandra ebrateata, Ochlandra scriptoria, Ochlandra talbotii, Ochlandra travancorica, Ochlandra wightii, Oxytenanthera abyssinica, Oxytenanthera albociliata, Oxytenanthera species, Pseudoxytenanthera bourdilonii, Pseudoxytenanthera stocksii, Pseudoxytenanthera ritcheyi, Thyrsostaschys oliveri, Thyrsostaschys siamensis, Tienostachyum attenuatum, Tienostachyum dulloa,

List of Bamboo species at the high elevation site at Devikulam (9 species) are
Phyllostachys bambusoides, Phyllostachys assamica, Phyllostchys sulphurea, Phyllostchys pubescence, Phyllostchys reticulata, Phyllostchys sps, Phyllostchys sps, Phyllostchys sps, Unidentified.
Contact: Bambusetum
Kerala Forest Research Institute
Peechi P.O, Thrissur District, Kerala - 680653, India.
Tel: +91-487-2690330
e-mail: bambusetum@kfri.res.in