Bambuseae Botany

Bamboo is a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. Wikipedia

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Origin of Bamboo

Bamboo evolved only 30 to 40 million years ago, after the demise of the dinosaurs. While bamboo grows everywhere in the world except those places with extremely cold climates, it is thought to have originated in China, where the first use of bamboo to make every day items was recorded. This tall, hearty grass was used for as many products as they could manage, as it was a quickly renewable resource.

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Why Bamboo can Save the Planet

Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world.By now, nearly everyone knows that we are depleting the natural resources of the only home that we have at a rate that is well past sustainable. To some extent, we have become inured to alarming reports and ominous warnings about our wasteful ways.

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Species of Bamboo

Bamboo is a group of woody perennial grasses in the true grass family Poaceae, which is a large family with over 10,000 species. In the tribe Bambuseae also known as Bamboo, there are 91 genera and over 1,000 species. The size of bamboo varies from small annuals to giant timber bamboo.

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Design

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Bamboos are members of the grass family no other plant can match either their simple elegance or versatility. There are over a thousand species, and they range in size from dwarf varieties just 10 or 20 centimetres high - to towering giants 15 metres tall that create a monumental vertical accent in the landscape.



Building

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Bamboo material offers a surprisingly large number of applications and uses. The high strength and low weight add to its utility. Bamboos capacity for regeneration and environment friendliness project it as tomorrows timber.



Food

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Bamboo is a food source for many animals around the world. The animal most commonly associated with this plant is the panda.





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