Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Bamboo is one of the most interesting, unique and useful plants on earth. Many remarkable stories are told about this plant these days, and bamboos have become more popular now. But is everything they say about bamboo correct? Does it grow 1 meter a day? Does bamboo originate from China? In this article, you will discover 10 things you don't know about bamboos.
1. What is the Origin of the Word "Bamboo"?
The word “Bamboo” originates from the word “Mambu” in Malay. Malay is the language use of Malaysian and Indonesian. In the late 16th century, the Dutch businessman named it "Bamboes" after which it got its Neo-Latin name "Bambusa".
Bamboo grows almost everywhere in the world not just China or Asia except those places with extremely cold climates.
2. Bamboo is a Tree or a Grass?
Bamboo is a GRASS in the family of Poaceae. Not surprisingly, of all grasses, bamboo is the largest and the only one that can diversify into forest. Despite the fact of that, people are get used to calling bamboo trees instead of bamboo grass.
3. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth?
You’ve heard many people said that bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world. And it’s really the winner for this prize. The growth rate of bamboo is a sustainability advantage. Bamboo grows much faster than hardwoods. Natural growth rates vary by species. The average growth rate during the development period is about 70cm per day. In fact, Moso bamboo is known to reach 3.3 meters in height in just three weeks.
4. How many Bamboo Species are there?
There are many different opinions on how many bamboo species. Some experts say there are approximately 91 genera and more than 1450 species of bamboo across 5 continents.
Bamboos are also colorful so you can totally find bamboo in nature that have blue, black, red, and yellow color beside green color.
5. Bamboo can grow without pesticides and chemicals
Today, organic products became popular because people realized the pesticides could be harmful to human health. But bamboo is one of the few plants that can live vigorously without pesticides and toxic chemicals. Bamboo is truly a unique resistant to pests and bacteria.
6. Bamboo Is Naturally Antibacterial
The natural antibacterial properties of bamboo fibers make bamboo a great material for use in clothing. Bamboo and cotton were tested for how much bacteria they killed over a 24-hour period, and the bamboo killed nearly all of the bacteria, while the cotton did not kill any.
The antibacterial properties are also very attractive for wound dressing, inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria in the bandages
7. Bamboo is stronger than steel?
What are the most powerful materials in the world? Are you thinking about bamboo trees? Incredible, right? In fact, bamboo is stronger than steel.
Tensile strength reflects how hard it is to pull out a material. Not only bamboo is stronger than steel, but it also withstands impacts better than conventional concrete. Because of its incredibly lightweight and strength, bamboo is now used to make bicycle frames. This also makes bamboo an ideal alternative to hardwood for many of its traditional uses in buildings.
8. Bamboo is edible
We all know that bamboo shoots and leaves are Panda favorite food. But can human eat bamboos? Yes, we can totally eat bamboo. Even its hard appearance, bamboo is a really super healthy food. We’ve eaten bamboo for centuries in Asia and it’s also used as Ayurvedic medicine. Bamboo shoots are low in fat and less calories. Bamboo contains germanium, which some believe activates your immune system. Every single part of bamboo can be used or eaten one way or another with zero waste.
9. Bamboo Is A Major Oxygen Producer
It is amazing that bamboo not only grows fast, but is also a better source of oxygen than other hardwood trees. One bamboo can produce more than 35% oxygen than any other trees. Besides, bamboo is able to absorb up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per 2.5 acres each year.
10. Bamboo is the symbol of Vietnamese village culture
Bamboo has been a loyal and close companion of Vietnamese people since ancient times. Settled villages with green bamboo cover to prevent storms have since been a feature of the village's living space and an aesthetic cultural feature of Vietnamese villages.
It can be said that the bamboo tree is a symbol of the unique qualities of our Vietnamese people: solidarity, loyalty, nobility, indomitable. Bamboo is an inherent resilience in an infinite resilience to natural disasters and all historical tragedies to endure and develop.
Like the Vietnamese community, bamboo is a fortress before invasion and storms and floods. Bamboo is horizontal, limp, sturdy, but infinitely flexible, so it deserves to be a symbol of the personality and unique qualities of Vietnam's people and culture.
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