10 Things You Don't Know About Bamboos

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

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.

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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.