This Java native has large leaves and thick-walled culms which are densely hairy when young. Clump growth is fairly open, with culms erect or arching above.
Tabasheer is a translucent white substance, composed mainly of silica and water with traces of lime and potash, obtained from within the culms, at the nodal joints, of some species of bamboo. It is especially sought after, and found, within the culms of this species. Tabasheer is claimed to provide a variety of health benefits and is used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicines.
Will grow to 65' tall with 4" diameter culms. Minimum temp 27 degrees F - USDA Zone 9b