Did You Know ?
The tallest bamboo found in Assam and Bengal grows to a height of 30.4 to 36.5 m. with a diameter of 20-25 cm. The bamboo flowers only once in its lifetime every 15,30,60 or 120 years. The whole plant, stem and branches, bloom as
last efflorescence before the bamboo dies. Longest grass: The longest known grass stem was
reportedly cut at Pattazhi near Trivandrum in Kerala in November, 1904. Its reported height was 37 m.
The Elephant Creeper (Entada pursaetha) can grow to a length of 1.5 km, making it one of the longest in the world. It has enormous bean-shaped pods over 1.5 m and 10 cm wide containing chocolate-coloured seeds. It grows in the eastern
Himalayas and in the Western Ghats.
(Collected from Limca Book of Records by Prashant Mahajan, CEC, BNHS)