the only bamboo species native to tennessee
bamboo is indeed native to tennessee. in fact, bamboo is a "true grass" and was once part of the extensive grasslands that covered much of north america. bamboo is also a perennial evergreen and here i thought it was still sporting the green because of the mild winter we've been having this year (fingers crossed for a snowbird sighting tonight).
another interesting bamboo tidbit - it's one of the fastest growing plants on earth. one species has been documented growing 39.4 inches in 24 hours. woah. the gman and i were actually aware of this fact thanks to our mythbusters viewing. bamboo used as a torture device during world war II - plausible.
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