Ecology | VOL. 8, ISSUE 46, January-February 2008

Flowers of Doom

Bamboo grows wild in at least 30 percent of Mizoram's total geographical area of 21,081 square kilometers. The plant is of two types, ‘mau’ and ‘thing’ -Melocanna bamboo Soidef and Bambusa tulda classified by European botanists. The mautaam refers to a famine (‘taam’ meaning famine) caused by the cycle of ‘mau’ bamboo flowers, while thingtaam refers to that caused by the cycle of ‘thing’ bamboo flowers. The pretty mauve, yellow and crimson bamboo flowers sprout its seeds in a cycle...

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