Well developed rhyzome 4-6 feet tall planted in a large plastic buckets.
Oxytenanthera abyssinica (solid bamboo) is a clump forming, solid stemmed bamboo, occurring from sea-level up to 2000m altitude, but mainly at 300–1500m.
It is a drought resistant shrub or small tree which grows in Savannah woodland and in semi-arid wooded grassland.
The dense clump consists of 20–100 (exceptionally up to 200) stems (culms) between 10–15m tall and up to 10cm in diameter with internodes of 32cm. It grows in areas with a minimum annual rainfall of between 350 and 800 mm.
Average annual temperatures should be 20 to 27°C, with monthly average daily maxima of 30 to 36°C and daily minimal of 7 to 17°C.
Due to its solid nature, this bamboo is known for its quality raw material for building, making household and commercial products, fencing poles and pulp. It is a plant with nutritional value and its young shoots can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable, while the foliage can be used as animal fodder.