Oxytenanthera Abyssinica – African lowland bamboo/ Savannah bamboo/ Bindura bamboo
Oxytenanthera abyssinica is a drought-resistant species of bamboo that grows in savanna woodland, semi-arid wooded grassland and thicket. It is the hardiest of the three African bamboos, and it grows in savanna woodland, usually in river valleys and often found on very poor soils. In most places, it is in demand for building. In Ethiopia, it is mainly confined to the western side of the central highlands in Dry and Moist Kolla agroclimatic zones of Benishagul Gumuz, and Humera areas, 1,200—1,800 m.
Poles (building), furniture, water pipes, arrow shafts, walking sticks, fodder (leaves), baskets, fencing material.
A tall grass to 13 m with woody culms, in dense clumps, arching over. Unusual in having solid stems, up to 10 cm in diameter at the base.
Suckers and rhizomes; rarely, seed.