Bambusa - 箣竹属

Bamboo is the common name used to indicate 20 genera of plants belonging to the Poaceae family. The most important of these are Arundinaria, Bambusa,Dendrocalamus, Fargesia, Phyllostachys, Pleioblastus, Pseudosasa and Sasa. In all, the 20 genera include about 200 evergreen species native above all to Asia, species of different sizes (from 40-60cm for some dwarf Bamboo plants, to the giant plants which measure 25-30m). All species produce woody culms divided into canes. In their native countries cultivation of Bamboo goes back to ancient times. In those days Bamboo was used, and is still used today, not just for decorative purposes but to make receptacles, furniture, boats and houses. The young shoots are edible. In the West, Bamboo has only recently become popular, but over recent years its popularity has grown enormously. People love the bright green foliage, the multicoloured stalks, the delicate texture of the branches, the elegant, harmonious shape, the touch of the exotic. In gardens and parks they are used for group planting, hedges near or alongside water features. Bamboo can be grown in pots or troughs and are now indispensable for modern decorations , from the most simple to the more prestigious.


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