Bamboo: wood, plant, grass?
From a botanical point of view, bamboo belongs to the grasses and is therefore not a tree. Bamboo is a collective name for a group of botanical species. Although the complete taxonomy is still evolving, current estimations are that around 1600 different varieties exist. There are considerable differences in size, colour, mechanical properties and climatic preferences. The Moso bamboo species is native to China and other Asian countries and grows up to 20 meter long, with a diameter of 10-12 cm.