The Incredible Bamboo Plant – (Part 1)
The Incredible Bamboo Plant – Fastest Growing Plant In The World
It’s no secret that we love the bamboo plant on this blog; we talk about it all the time. This time, we thought that we would dive straight into what makes the bamboo plant so unique and special, from its crazy growth spurts to its earth healing abilities to the numerous products it can be made into.
Are you ready to find out everything you ever wanted to know about this magical little plant? Good, because we`re dying to tell someone and you’ll feel the same by the end of this article.
What is bamboo?
Bamboo is a fast-growing grass with a hollow stem. It is native to many countries with humid and tropical climates, including Asia (most notably China), Australia, sub-Saharan Africa, and South America.
There are over 1,400 species of bamboo around the world, but all members of the same species will flower at the same time, no matter what part of the world they are in. Some scientists attribute this to an evolutionary “alarm clock” because the plant will flower no matter what environmental conditions it is put under.
The bamboo plant is widely used by humans in many ways, from making food to furniture to floors. However, it is also a significant food source for many animals, like pandas (obviously), lemurs, gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, and caterpillars. Some animals even got drunk from the fermented bamboo sap, and they behave in much the same way as humans do when drunk.
How can bamboo grow that fast?
Bamboo plants create all the cells they need to grow when they’re still little buds. Unlike in animals, these cells don’t have to split apart whilst growing; they streeeeetch out. The cells are filled with water, which causes them to expand quickly, like a balloon on a facet.
This is common for grasses. It’s why you need to mow your lawn every week, but only trim back bushes every few months, and cut tree branches every couple of years.Bamboo plant is kind of like a Slinky. It looks small when you first see it, but when you stretch it out, you’d be surprised how far it goes.