Friendly name: Indocalamus Big Leaf - Tessellatus

Indocalamus tessellatus

Maximum Height: 7'
Maximum Diameter: 0 1/2"
Minimum Temperature: -15° F
Does best in 1/4 day sun.
Spreading: Slow
ID: PI 75167 01 PL

Indocalamus tessellatus

Usually no more than 4 feet tall but can reach heights as high 12 feet. It has the largest leaves of any temperate bamboo in cultivation, up to 24 inches long by 4 inches wide. Culm sheaths are persistent. Can grow in shade or sun. It does best in a shady location and adapts well to growing in containers. Leaves are used as food wrappers and in making mats.

Indocalamus tessellatus (Zone 7)
Indocalamus tessellatus
Indocalamus tessellatus ...
First year
Bamboo - Indocalamus tessellatus   First year growth photo

Second year
Bamboo - Indocalamus tessellatus   Second year growth photo

Third year
Bamboo - Indocalamus tessellatus   Third year growth photo

Fourth year
Bamboo - Indocalamus tessellatus   Fourth year growth photo

Fifth year
Bamboo - Indocalamus tessellatus   Fifth year growth photo
Indocalamus tessellatus

Botanical Latin is essentially a written language .... How they are pronounced really matters little provided they sound pleasant and are understood by all concerned...
W.T. Stearn an authority on Botanical Latin

Name Botanical Alternate Meaning
Indocalamus in-dou-CAL-a-mus   Indocalamus - "Indo" is from the Latin for of India and the Greek word "calamus" (kalamus) which means reed. 
tessellatus tess-ell-AH-tus   A squared pattern (refers to the vein pattern of the leaves) 

Indocalamus tessellatus
Edible shoots Excellent Hedge Too tall
House Too large Wood quality Thin wall
Container Good Crafts Good
Screen High branching Ornamental Excellent
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