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Himalayacalamus hookerianus

Himalaya blue

About the plant

Himalayacalamus hookerianus is native to the Himalaya from east Nepal to Sikkim and Bhutan.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Animal food
    Plant is used as fodder to feed farm animals
  • Cultural use
    Plant has cultural uses, these might be every day or ceremonial
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
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Facts

  • Grows to about 6m tall
  • Blue-ish canes change to gold

Growing under glass

We grow many species of bamboo outside at Kew. But the specimens in the Temperate House aren’t quite hardy enough for our winter. They would do all right in Cornwall, but here at Kew they need a bit of frost protection.


So useful

Bamboo is a popular building material, it’s used for flooring, scaffolding, bridges, and in houses. It is also made into furniture, utensils, musical instruments, paper and clothing.

The seed of this bamboo is cooked whole or ground into a powder and used as a cereal. The older canes are harvested for weaving into baskets and mats.

Bamboos are economically important plants. With an estimated 31.5 million hectares grown globally (the size of the UK and Ireland combined) and an annual trade value of over 60 billion USD, they employ tens of millions of people worldwide.

Some species of bamboo grow up to 1 metre a day
  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Animal food
    Plant is used as fodder to feed farm animals
  • Cultural use
    Plant has cultural uses, these might be every day or ceremonial
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
  • Click on icon to reveal more