Everybody knows that bamboo is a grass and it’s the favorite meal of pandas. Many associate them with self-reliance because they are flexible. They are also one of the most eco-friendly materials in the world. But there are still a few things you don’t know about them.
1. Hill Cane
More than 500 species of bamboo are in Asia. About three are in North America, and one of these is hill cane. Found in the Appalachian Mountains, the plant’s study is remarkable for two reasons. First, it took over 200 years before scientists discovered it. Second, it’s the only bamboo species among the three to shed leaves in the fall.
2. Frog Breeding
Hand it to the frogs and toads when it comes to breeding. So far, these amphibians have more than 35 different kinds of reproductive strategies. More options mean higher chances of success.
In 2014, a group of researchers from the National University of Singapore discovered something rare: species of frogs called bush frogs are laying direct-developing eggs on flute bamboo slits. Not only does it become their mating space, it’s also where parents care for their children. As to what goes on inside the bamboo, that’s for another study.
3. Bamboo Kun
There’s a good chance you already know that bamboo is antimicrobial and anti-fungal. What you are not aware of is why. Bamboos have a unique bioagent called bamboo kun. It helps the perennial grass from getting diseases due to fungi and other harmful microorganisms.
The good thing is because it bonds tightly with the plant’s cellulose, Cozy Earth noted that products such as bamboo sheets also contain a bamboo kun. If you want a fresher, cleaner, and healthier home, it’s time to upgrade your bedding and invest in a bed sheet made of bamboo fabrics.
With these cool facts, you have more reason to love the fastest-growing plant on the planet.