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Interesting Facts about Evergreen Bamboos

Updated on May 30, 2016
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Bamboos are tall, fast growing grasses that have woody stems. Bamboos grow in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. They are found in the tropical, subtropical and mild temperate regions.

Bamboos belong to the Poaceae family – the grass family and subfamily Bambusoideae. Argentina, Chile, Mid-Atlantic United States, Northern Australia and India are countries where bamboo grows in abundance.

Bamboo has dwarf and tall varieties. The dwarf varieties grow up to 1 - 2 feet in height. The tall varieties grow up to a height of 100 feet. Bamboos grow well in fertile well-drained soil. They need a lot of sunlight but can grow in mildly shaded areas.

There are many varieties of Bamboo. To name a few - Bambusa chungi, Bambusa ventricosa, Bambusa vulgaris, Bambusa textilis.

Bamboos can be divided into two groups – the running variety and the clumping variety. The running variety spread out everywhere and grow profusely. The clumping variety grows in a group in one place.

Bamboos grow from an underground stem called the rhizome. The hollow woody stems of bamboo are called culms. They form thick, dense clusters. When the bamboo stem matures and stops growing in height, it produces horizontal branches. The leaves grow from these horizontal branches. When the conditions are dry, and there is no moisture to absorb, the leaves of the Bamboo tree roll up.

Most bamboos produce flowers and seeds only after 12 – 120 years of growth, once in their lifetime.

Uses of Bamboos

# Bamboos are used for cooking purposes by people in China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and other places through Southeast Asia. Bamboo seeds are eaten as a grain, young shoots of bamboo are cooked and eaten as vegetables. The raw leaves are used as fodder for cattle.

# The stems of the bamboo are split and used to make buckets, pipes furniture, walking sticks, fishing poles and other utensils.

# The large stems of bamboos are used in building houses and rafts. The small and large size stems are bound together to build scaffoldings.

# The fine-grained silica that is produced in the joints of the bamboo stems is used in medicines in China and India.

# Pulp of bamboos is used to make fine quality paper.

# Bamboo fibers are used to make fabrics as they are breathable and highly absorbent.

# Bamboo can be grown indoors and are used for decorative purposes on patios or decks.

# It is used as a weapon in several East Asian and South Asian Martial Arts.

# Bamboo is used to make musical instruments – panpipes, clarinets, tubas, guitars, ukuleles, flutes, split drums, etc.

# Bamboo is considered to be a lucky symbol and is supposed to bring good fortune. It is the favorite food of the Panda Bear. Panda Bears can eat about 20 kg of stems, shoots and leaves each day.

# Bamboo is an important tree in several Asian countries, mostly in China. Bamboo is considered as one of the “Four Nobel Ones”. The “Four Nobel Ones” is a collection of four plants – Orchid, Plum blossom, Chrysanthemum and Bamboo. The four plants are used to represent Confucius’s idea of junzi or gentleman (The Four Gentlemen in Chinese Art dates as far back as the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD).

Amazing facts about Bamboos

  1. There are some 1500 different species that are native to every continent except Europe.
  2. Bamboo is the fastest growing planet on earth. It has been recorded to be growing at 47inches in a 24 hour period.
  3. Bamboo plays a very important role in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A grove of Bamboo releases 35 % more oxygen than any other grove with the same number of trees. Planting a Bamboo is an excellent way to “Go Green” and help fight Global Warming.
  4. Bamboo is antibacterial. Bamboo contains a natural bio-agent known as the Bamboo Kun. This Bamboo Kun is naturally anti-bacterial and prevents 70% of bacteria that attempts to grow on it. Due to this, Bamboos do not need any chemical fertilizers for healthy growth.
  5. Bamboos prevent soil erosion when planted in areas that are subjected to heavy rainfall and floods.
  6. Bamboos can be used in reforestation because of their fast growing tendency. After forest fires, Bamboo shoots are the first to re-appear.
  7. Bamboo was the first plant to grow again after the atomic blast in Hiroshima in 1945.




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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      snowdrops bamboos are beautiful. You are lucky to have bamboos in your backyard!! Thank you for stopping by.

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      I love to gaze at the bamboos in our backyard.. Nice one.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      glmclendon you have so beautifully put it. Thank you.

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      glmclendon 5 years ago

      The soft gentle sway of these trees seem to add to the nice spirit of our lives.

      Stay Well

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Hubert Williams thank you for your appreciation and votes.

      Ruchira Bamboos are very useful, thank you,

      teaches12345 glad you enjoyed the lesson!!Thank You.

      Peggy W thank you.Bamboos grow in varied conditios.

      Norh Wind you are right, Bamboos are really strong. Appearances deceive!! Thank you.

      Ruchira Bamboos are very useful. Thankyou.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      I love the bamboo plant. There is a certain sound it makes when the wind blows through it that cannot be heard from other trees. It looks like a light tree but it is very strong and when it flowers, though rare, it is amazing to see. Great hub!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Various types of bamboo thrive as outdoor plants in Houston. I did not know that they had antibacterial qualities nor that it was the first plant to grow after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Interesting facts. Voting it such as well as up and useful. Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love these trees. They look so gentle and sway so nicely in the wind. I didn't know that they were used for fabric, it makes sense. Enjoyed the lesson on these trees.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      aha...the many advantages of bamboo. thanks for refreshing my memory on the above magnificent plant.


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      mr williams 5 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Interesting how bamboos can grow so fast. Voted up great hub

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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      Very interesting hub. We have many different bamboo species in the Philippines. Voted up interesting and useful.