Characteristics of Bamboo
Due to a unique system that relies on roots, bamboo is growing the fastest plants in the world. Some species of bamboo can grow 910 mm (36 in) within a 24-hour period, at a rate of almost 40 mm (1 1⁄2 in) an hour (a growth around 1 mm every 90 seconds, or 1 inch every 40 minutes). Giant bamboo is the largest member of the grass family. This growth rapid and tolerance for marginal land make it a good choice for afforestation, carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation.
Bamboo has significant economic and cultural significance in South, Southeast Asia and East Asia, and is used as a building material, food source and general raw material. Bamboo like wood, which is a natural material with a high strength-to-weight ratio that can be used in structure. Bamboo's strength-to-weight ratio is similar to timber, and its strength is generally similar to a strong softwood or hardwood timber.