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A widely-dispersed and fast growing grass that, depending on the species, can grow as large as a tree. Paleolithic deposits of petrified bamboo have been documented around the world, as have long-standing and traditional uses of the plant for construction, medicine, food, and as objects of daily utility. Bamboo remains one of the most sustainable and versatile materials on the planet.

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"Bamboo forest at the Quail Botanical Gardens in Southern California, October 12, 2008" by odonata98 is licensed under CC BY-ND.