Eleven Amazing Facts about Bamboo
Bamboo is truly a wonder of nature. It’s a sustainable resource that’s able to give food, clothing and shelter to billions of people around the world.
Bamboo is used to make an incredibly vast number of useful products.
Best of all Bamboo helps to protect the environment while it grows.
Here are Eleven amazing facts about Bamboo.
Fact Number one: Bamboo is a grass
You might think Bamboo is a Tree because it can grow so large and it has a tough woody stem like a Tree Trunk. However Bamboo is actually the largest member of the Grass Family. There is a wide variety of Bamboo growing around the World, with at least 1,450 known species of Bamboo. The types can be separated into two groups: Running Bamboo and Clumping Bamboo.
Running Bamboo features roots that continue to expand outward aggressively. It grows mostly in temperate climates such as in Japan and China. This is the type of Bamboo that can get your neighbours upset if new shoots start popping up on their side of the fence.
Clumping Bamboo stays in neat clumps as it grows so you don’t have to worry about it invading the surrounding area. Clumping Bamboo mostly grows in the tropics and include the largest Bamboo species.
Fact Number Two: Bamboo can grow up to one meter in 24 hours
This fantastic rate of growth has been witnessed on occasion with the Moso variety of Bamboo that is common in China and Japan. A Bamboo shoot emerges from the ground at the full diameter that it will have when fully grown. It quickly grows straight up as a bare pole for several weeks until it reaches full height. After this secondary branches will begin growing from the nodes and these will bear leaves.
New Bamboo stocks must be allowed to mature for three to five years before the woody material is hard enough to harvest and use.
Fact Number Three: Bamboo Creates More Oxygen Than Trees
An area of Bamboo forest will produce up to thirty five percent more Oxygen than an equal area of hardwood forests.
Fact Number Four: Bamboo is Naturally Anti-fungal and Antibacterial
A naturally-occurring bio agent called Bamboo Kun gives Bamboo a resistance to destructive microbes such as bacteria and fungus. This allows Bamboo to easily grow without chemical Fertilizer or Pesticides.
The antibacterial property of Bamboo also carries over into fabric made from Bamboo Viscose which makes Bamboo towels sheets socks and yoga clothing very popular.
Fact Number Five: Bamboo has a tensile strength higher than steel
Bamboo is incredibly strong with a tensile strength of 28,000 pounds per square inch. The strength of Bamboo makes it a great construction material. It has been used to build suspension bridges in China for at least a thousand years.
Bamboo poles can also be used in place of steel to make reinforced concrete.
Fact Number Six: Bamboo has been used in a Number of Important Inventions
The first light bulb made by Thomas Edison used a carbonized Bamboo filament.
Bamboo was also the material used for the needle of the first photograph.
Many early airplanes used Bamboo due to its excellent strength to weight ratio.
Fact Number Seven: Planting Bamboo on your Property can have many benefits
The shade provided by a stand of bamboo can make the surrounding area feel up to 15 Degrees cooler (Fahrenheit Degrees). A wall of Bamboo can also be planted as a windbreak and a visual shield. Bamboo roots also help to prevent soil erosion through rain water runoff
Fact Number Eight: Bamboo is a Nutritious Source of Fresh Food
Bamboo shoots have been an important part of Asian cuisine for centuries. Bamboo shoots are low in calories while providing an excellent source of dietary fiber and potassium.
Bamboo is also a preferred food source for Pandas, Elephants, Chimps and Gorillas.
Fact Number Nine: Bamboo is used to make an Amazing Number of Products
Just some of the items that can be made with Bamboo are Scaffolding, Support Beams, Walls, Roofs, Flooring, Blinds, Furniture, Pipes, Cups, Buckets, Chopsticks, Toothpicks, Paper, Bio-Fuel, Fishing Rods, Flutes and Kendo Swords.
Fact Number Ten: Ancient Books were made with Bamboo before the invention of Paper
Bamboo strips were used as a material to write on in ancient China.
Fact Number Eleven: Bamboo is a Traditional Medicine
In traditional Chinese medicine Bamboo shavings are used to treat cold and flu symptoms. The shavings are ingested to fight nasal congestion fever and convulsions. A similar medicine is also made by using Bamboo Sap in both liquid and solid forms to treat similar symptoms.
Bamboo leaves are also used as a traditional remedy to treat fever in China and Japan.