20 Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

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3:00 am 23 Sep, 2014


Bamboo is the most commonly found grass on this planet; it has over 1400 species and still counting. This durable and tough plant is found on every continent and in every place that is warm and moist. From tropics to mountains it can survive anywhere. Some of them can grow up to 30 meters in height and others a few inches above the ground. Some of them grow 90cm in a day and you will be shocked to know that you can actually watch bamboo grow. If you think the list ends here, read on more to know about this amazing plant –

1. It is found in a host of colors like green, yellow, red, blue and black. You might see some with stripe sin pink, black and even yellow.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

2. The leaves are as varied as the stem. They can be found in whites, yellows, blues and creams. The leaf size can range from ¼” to 60 cm in length.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

3. It has been around for 30 million years and still going strong.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

4. In Chinese culture bamboo is held in very high regards and it is symbolic of many things.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

5. It is a symbol of durability, strength, resilience, and flexibility. It is a proud plant that stands tall and is green all year round.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

6. Feng Shui practitioners suggest keeping bamboo plants in front of the house to ensure long lives of the dwellers.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

7. It is a boon for the environment as it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen 30 times more than its own mass.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

8. It is often used for absorbing greenhouse gases and production of fresh oxygen.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

9. It is the fastest growing plant on this planet. It is the only plant left in the race of matching human consumption and deforestation.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

10. One of the most amazing quality of bamboo is its ability renew growth. Even after a harvest new shoots will grow out in no time.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo


11. Bamboo plantations require no pesticides or fertilizers as it can grow on its own. The leaves droppings are enough to provide it with the necessary nutrients.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

12. Bamboo is very successful in controlling soil erosion. Even after the shoots are cut the amazing root system ensures that the soil remains intact.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

13. It can be grown in all kinds of climates and soils. Even where other crops might have failed, it will manage to grow.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

14. Bamboo is used widely for building materials due to its high tensile strength. You will be shocked to know that the tensile strength of steel is 24,000 psi and of bamboo is 28,000 psi. It can be used as a great replacement for wood in flooring, furniture and utensils too.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

15. You will never see an infection on bamboo.It has a natural bio agent called bamboo Kun that prevents bacteria and other pathogens from growing on it.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

16. The charcoal of bamboo is very porous and capable of absorbing odor causing bacteria. It is often used for filtering harmful agents from water.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

 17. In the market today, you will find bamboo bed sheets, bamboo linens, shirts, deodorants, and even socks.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

18. Clothes made out of Bamboo keep the skin cool and dry. These fibers never cling to the body and are great for people with skin allergies. It works as a natural thermostat to control the temperature of the body.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

19. Bamboo shoots have been part of the staple diet in many countries in Asia for decades. They are low in fat and calories and easy to digest.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

20. Bamboo shoots are rich in fiber and potassium. A single serving of bamboo shoots contains 10% intake of the daily recommended intake. Crunchy bamboo shoots are a delicacy in soups, salads and as complement to the main dish.

Fascinating Facts About Bamboo

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