Indian Thorny Bamboo is a soft, thick-walled bamboo which grows very fast and tall. The shoots are edible.
Thorny lower branches are long and wiry. Leaves are lance shaped, 7-18 cm long, 1-1.8 cm wide, with a long-pointed tip. Clump bamboos have underground stems that sprout vertical shoots much closer to their parent plants, growing slowly outward.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.
Culms are used for house construction, scaffolding, rafters, thatching and roofing, handicrafts and art objects, basket making, bows and arrows, furniture, floating timber and rafting, cooking utensils and fencing.
The raw material of this bamboo is also an important source for paper pulp and panel products.
Shoots and seeds are edibleand leaves are used as fodder and medicine.