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Saturday, December 5, 2009
Bamboo FAQ: Bamboo Plant Identification
Q: How do I Identify the Bamboo Growing in my Garden?
Bamboo is a notoriously difficult plant to identify. Most species of bamboo have similar characteristics, with only subtle differences distinguishing the various species. Certain bamboo types are easily distinguishable, such as Black Bamboo or Leopard Bamboo. These varieties have striking color features that make them easy to identify.
You can start by checking out the American Bamboo Society Source List. This source list contains nearly all common bamboo species in the United States. Overall, there are over 1,000 species and 91 genera of bamboo throughout the world. The classification of bamboo falls under the following hierarchy:
Often times, the best way to indentify is to take the plant to an expert. Our friends at Jungle Supply Company in California are happy to identify bamboo for you. Just email them a picture and they will help you in the identification process.
Hi there. My name is Jeff. I am a contributing writer to completebamboo.com and the web designer for Jungle Supply Bamboo Co. The practical uses of bamboo are virtually unlimited and my goal is to spread the word.