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Phenology and culm growth of Melocanna baccifera (Roxb.) Kurtz in Barak Valley, North-East India

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The phenology and growth of culms of Muli bamboo (Melocanna baccifera) were studied in the Hailakandi district of Barak Valley in North-East India. The culms emerge during the months of August and September, and the growth curve is S-shaped. The growth continues for a period of 245 days with rapid growth attained after 45 days. The leafing pattern is characterized by periodic growth leaf-exchange type. The adaptive strategy of this growth pattern is discussed in the context of restoration of degraded lands.


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