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Edible uses


Seed - cooked whole or ground into a powder and used as a cereal[1]. Plants flower at intervals of about 50 years, they flower and produce fertile seed abundantly in British gardens[1].

Material uses

The older stems are harvested for weaving into baskets and mats[1]. The canes can be up to 3cm in diameter and, with the long gaps between nodes, produce a high-quality weaving material[2][3]. A very effective plant for stabilising soil on steep slopes[4].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Himalayacalamus hookerianus.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Earth stabiliser


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Seed - surface sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. 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 - 25°c, a cold pre-treatment might shorten this time[1]. 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[5].

Basal cane cuttings.

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Prefers a good loamy soil[1]. Succeeds in most soils so long as they do not dry out[5]. Dislikes drought[6]. Prefers a position sheltered from cold north and east winds[6]. The stems colour more brightly when grown in a sunny position[5], though the leaves curl up in bright sunlight[1]. Succeeds outdoors in a woodland garden in the milder parts of Britain[1].

Plants are intolerant of winter wet and of temperatures below about -6°c[5]. Plants are flowering freely (1993) in Kew and Edinburgh where they are producing abundant fertile seed[1]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[5]. There has been much confusion over this species and many plants cultivated under this name have proved to be different species[1].

Plants only flower at intervals of many years. When they do come into flower most of the plants energies are directed into producing seed and consequently the plant is severely weakened. They sometimes die after flowering, but if left alone they will usually recover though they will look very poorly for a few years. If fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time the plants are more likely to die[7].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Himalayacalamus hookerianus
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    9 x meters
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? Matthews. V. The New Plantsman. Volume 1, 1994. Royal Horticultural Society ISBN 1352-4186 (1994-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Stapleton. C. Bamboos of Nepal The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 0947643680 (1994-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-527-6 (2002-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Stapleton. C. Bamboos of Bhutan Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 0-947643-67-2 (1994-00-00)
    5. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    7. ? ? The Plantsman. Vol. 1. 1979 - 1980. Royal Horticultural Society (1979-00-00)

    Facts about "Himalayacalamus hookerianus"RDF feed
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    Belongs to familyGramineae +
    Belongs to genusHimalayacalamus +
    Functions asEarth stabiliser +
    Has binomial nameHimalayacalamus hookerianus +
    Has common namePadang +
    Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
    Has edible partSeed +
    Has edible useUnknown use +
    Has fertility typeWind +
    Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
    Has growth rateVigorous +
    Has hardiness zone8 +
    Has material partUnknown part +
    Has material useBasketry + and Weaving +
    Has mature height9 +
    Has search namehimalayacalamus hookerianus + and padang +
    Has shade toleranceLight shade +
    Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
    Has soil texture preferenceSandy +, Loamy + and Clay +
    Has sun preferenceFull sun +
    Has taxonomic rankSpecies +
    Has taxonomy nameHimalayacalamus hookerianus +
    Has water requirementsmoderate +
    Is deciduous or evergreenEvergreen +
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    PFAF cultivation notes migratedNo +
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    Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
    Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +
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