A giant grassBamboo belongs to the large family of grasses (or Poaceae), along with wheat, corn and turf grasses. There are more than 1,200 bamboo species around the world, in some 70 genera.
Bamboos are native to Africa, Australia and the Americas, but the largest number of species is found in Asia, with close to 300 of them originating in China.
The largest bamboos grow in tropical regions, whereas smaller or dwarf bamboos are more common in temperate regions.
It grows at an amazing rate, up to one metre in the space of 24 hours! Botanists still don't fully understand its flower production-some species flower only at intervals of several years, if not decades or even centuries. There are approximately 1,200 species of bamboo around the world, most of them in Asia.

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