Oxytenanthera abyssinica (Bindura bamboo)
Oxytenanthera abyssinica (Photo: Sidi Sanogo)
Not evaluated by the IUCN.
Savanna woodland, semi-arid wooded grassland and thicket.
Building materials, textiles and fibres, food, fuel, medicinal.
About this species
Oxytenanthera abyssinica is a drought-resistant species of bamboo that grows in savanna woodland, semi-arid wooded grassland and thicket. It flowers after long periods of vegetative growth, occasionally sets seed and then dies back, sometimes synchronously across large areas. This phenomenon has led to the superstition in Mali that the fruiting of the bamboo is a bad omen for kings, conquerors and chiefs. It last seeded in 2006.
The Millennium Seed Bank now holds several thousand seeds from this species, which will be used for conservation research both in the UK and in Mali.