Melocanna bacciferasci (English) [ IPA: melocanna baccifera ASM: মেলকানা বাকিফেৰা]
Contributed by: Pankaj Borah (পঙ্কজ বৰা) on 2008-08-08
1. (Common Noun) Melocanna is a genus of tropical clumping bamboo (tribe Bambuseae of the family Poaceae). It comprises 3 species, found in East Asia. The genus is similar to Bambusa. The 48-year cycle of M. baccifera in northeastern India is responsible for the mautam phenomenon of bamboo flowering, followed by a plague of rats and famine.