Volume 4 No. 4 - Reforestation species: Kauayan kiling (Bambusa vulgaris Schrad. ex Wendl.); Bolo [Gigantochloa levis (Blanco) Merr.]
This RISE issue features two of the common species of bamboos - Kauayan kiling and Bolo.
Kauayan kiling is the most used of all bamboos. It is used for minor construction purposes, making paper, as hedges to border land, and is cultivated as ornamental plant. Bolo, on the other hand, is an important material for fishing, furniture and handicraft making, building construction, and as props in banana industries. The young shoots of bolo can be cooked as a vegetable dish.
These bamboo species are easy to propagate and maintain. They are found growing along creeks, riverbanks and foothills which make them suitable reforestation species in these areas.
We also included the estimates in establishing bolo and kiling plantations to give you an idea of the cost involved in this endeavor.