Which is The Largest Grass?
The most unusual member of the family of grasses is what we call bamboo! Indeed, it does not look like the common variety of grasses we see in the garden or on the moors. Bamboo looks more like a tree or a tall bush.
Bamboo grows at a phenomenal speed of about 41 centimeters a day and can reach a height of 35 meters ! The stem of bamboo is hallow and smooth. There are many joints on the stem. There are about five hundred different varieties of bamboo in the world. Most bamboos flower every year, but some varieties bloom only three or four times in hundred years.
All types of bamboo grow in tropical and subtropical climate in Asia, South America and Africa. Some tall varieties of bamboo have been successfully planted in Florida and California also.
Since ages bamboo, has been one of the most useful plant for people living in tropical areas. It is used in making cots, chairs, tables, posts, rafts, walking sticks, baskets, fishing poles, flute and similar musical instruments. People build their entire houses including roofs and floors with bamboo. Some varieties of bamboo are so hard that crude knives are made from these. In China the inner pulp is used for making special kind of paper. In Japan hollow bamboo stems are used as water pipes in gardening. In many countries including India, tender shoots of some bamboo varieties are eaten as vegetable and are used for making pickles. Bamboo no doubt is the most useful grass for mankind.