Bamboozling Bamboo


I was rereading a book given to me over Christmas called “50 plants that changed the course of history” by Bill Laws. He wrote about bamboo, now I have studied biology for a number of years now and I’ve watched a few presentations on the wonders of bamboo. However I’ve never written anything much about bamboo myself. Well all that is going to change! Here are 5 things that I find completely bamboozling (fantastic word) about bamboo.


1.Bamboo is a type of grass and is among the fastest growing plants on the planet. One Japanese species rockets skywards at a rate of a metre a day.

2.Bamboo as an ancient herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years in Asia. Often used for its tonic and astringent properties, it is also considered an aphrodisiac.

3. Bamboo has so many practical uses! One of my favourites being it can be used as scaffolding. I went to Hong Kong a few years ago and it was the most amazing site to see massive buildings being built using bamboo as the scaffolding. The picture below has loads more amazing uses!


4.Bamboo produces 30% more oxygen than trees. Bamboo does not need to be replanted, is self generating and can be harvested every three to five years.

5. Bamboo has been used as a trap. Particularly in the Vietnam war where bamboo was shaped into sharp stakes. These stakes could continue to grow and were used in many different traps.


Hope you’ve enjoyed todays slightly shorter blog! Also a quick thanks to the new followers here on ThatBiologist, your support means alot! Til next time!

ThatBiologist Everywhere!




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