Bamboo - Arundinaria Gigantea is a Giant Grass
Bamboo is a giant grass. The word "giant" isn't an exaggeration, as some species can grow to over 120 feet tall and have stems that are afoot around. The stems of bamboo are hollow.
There are between 1,000 and 1,600 species of this giant grass. The species include Bambusa, chimonobambusa, Phyllostachys, Dorinda, and Dendrocalamus. The plant thrives in tropical and semi-tropical climates but can sometimes grow as far north as hardiness zone 4. They grow as shoots from the roots or rhizomes of mature plants, and some can grow with fantastic rapidity. Some species have been known to produce two feet or more over 24 hours. Many are fully developed within a few months and are harvested after five years or so. This is in contrast to hardwood trees, which may take decades to be ready for harvesting.
Bamboo - Arundinaria Gigantea is a Graceful Plant for Both Indoors and Outdoors
Also, unlike trees, the stems of the plant don't develop growth rings after the grass is fully grown. The slender green or gold leaves, long the subject or artists and even poets, grow alternately in two rows on either side of the stem. The giant grass blooms eventually, but this is a rare event. In some species, it takes the plant 30 years to bloom. The flowers appear near the top of the plant, and usually, all the giant grasses in the area thrive at the same time. The plant usually dies after it blooms. After the flowers are pollinated, the resulting seeds look like rice kernels.
Bamboo is a graceful plant for both inside and outside the home. It's often found in Japanese rock gardens. However, the running type of the plant has to be contained in it's grown outdoors because it can be very invasive. One gardening center planted a stand of the grass in a narrow garden. After a short while, the employees were shocked to find another position of the plant growing in another garden. These gardens were separated from each other by an asphalt walkway. The plant's rhizomes tunneled under the asphalt, and new plants sprouted in the other yard.
Besides being a lovely garden plant, the giant grass is used in construction. In some Asian countries, scaffolding is made out of durable stems. It's also used as an environmentally sustainable flooring
The grass is a very generic term for many different types of plants. There are over four hundred different types of cane. Canes, such as river cane, comes from bamboo, which comes from the generalized grass family. This type of cane can be found all over the world, In the United States, though it is usually found more on the east coast into a little of the central section of the United States. River cane grows in a tree-like form anywhere from one and a half feet up to twenty-six feet tall. Canes do not produce many seeds, and when the plant does, the whole colony typically will die after the seeds have dispersed.
Cane has always been an important part of society, especially in the early English colonies that settled in America. Cane, especially river cane, was used by the Native Americans for just about everything from their houses to weapons, and even jewelry and medicine, plus much more. This plan not only was a valuable resource in those aspects, but it also made for ideal land to attract wild game and was used to food livestock year-round. Cane production and use for trade significantly decreased due to the land being cleared, farmers, and fires. At one point, the cane was even used as a fuel, and some parts can be consumed by people.
To this day, Native Americans still use river cane to weave baskets, make jewelry, to eat, and many other uses. When river cane is properly dried and stored, it can last several years and still be used. However, use caution if attempting to gather seeds as there is an extremely toxic fungus that also loves cans seeds and will fertilize the seeds as well. If a river cane plant is infected, then there will be pink or purple-colored splotches or growths visible about the same size as a seed or can be up to several times larger.