Bamboo – Schizostachyum glaucifolium

Schizostachyum glaucifolium

This bamboo species is native to a number of Pacific islands including Fiji, French Polynesia, Papua (Indonesia); Federated States of Micronesia, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga.

It is common along the banks of streams and small rivers, in hillside thickets and in less disturbed forests at lower elevations.


  • The long, hollow culms have a wide range of applications, being used for purposes such as construction, house walling, rafters, batten for affixing thatch, shelving and scaffolding, fencing, canoes, etc;
  • Also used to make water containers, fishing poles, knives, and musical instruments such as the nose flute.
  • Used as alternative to plastic straws.

Medicinal uses (Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally):

  • Powdered culms are mixed with water and consumed as a treatment for a sharp pain in the stomach and pain associated with profuse sweating;
  • Ashes of the culms, combined with powdered Cyperus javanicus and Diospyros spp., as well as the sap of green kukui fruits (Aleurites moluccana) and ripe papaya (Carica papaya), is applied topically as a treatment for festering raw sores

Schizostachyum glaucifolium cane

Schizostachyum glaucifolium from Vanua Levu island, Fiji

Leaves of Schizostachyum glaucifolium