|Botanical Name||Bambusa vulgaris|
Bamboos are perennial evergreen flowering plants in the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae. Most Bamboo species are native and widely distributed in warm and moist tropical and warm temperate climates.
Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural importance. They are used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. Bamboos are known to be one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, with a growth rate ranging from 30 to 100 cms per day in the growing season. The fast-growing character of bamboo makes it a perfect solution for alleviating many environmental and social problems, including the consequences of tropical deforestation.
Bamboos can form a closely woven mat of roots and rhizomes underground which are effective in holding soil to strengthen agroforestry ground. The bamboo forest ecosystem is an important part of the forest ecosystem. It is also an important carbon source and carbon sink on Earth. Bamboo makes for a great supplement in promoting alternative livelihood options in terms of Bamboo crafts for locals.