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Posted by
Barbara (Florida, United States) on 18 October 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

When I first moved into where I currently live, I recall a friend anxious to have me grow bamboo in my garden. After learning more about bamboo this is the main reason I didn't:

Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on Earth; it has been measured surging skyward as fast as 121 cm (47.6 inches) in a 24-hour period,[5] and can also reach maximal growth rate exceeding one meter (39 inches) per hour for short periods of time. Many prehistoric bamboos exceeded heights of 75 meters (250 feet). Primarily growing in regions of warmer climates during the Cretaceous period, vast fields existed in what is now Asia.

More information on bamboo can be found here.

While observing a bamboo garden at my local Botanical Gardens, this tiny bud or sprout caught my eye.
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Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great picture!

18 Oct 2009 10:28am

Estrella from Barcelona, Spain

Many thanks for your comments

18 Oct 2009 3:30pm

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Lovely picture and very interesting explanation, I didn't know that.

18 Oct 2009 6:01pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is a beautiful macro! I love the diagonals! (maybe I should try to grow some, I kill everything else!)

18 Oct 2009 6:12pm

@Tracy: Funny, you may find out it does grow for you. Thanks for the smile.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Haha, reading the growth rate, I wondered if the little bud "popped" out in front of your very eyes... Bamboo can take over fast. Supposedly there are non-invasive types, but I must wonder.

18 Oct 2009 7:17pm

@Viewfinder: Haha! That brought a laugh. The tiny bud is probably a tree by now. I do believe there is bamboo referred to as cluster. Bamboo is beautiful but I will let it "cluster" elsewhere. Thanks, Glenn.

Stef67 from in my head, France

superbement coloré^^

18 Oct 2009 7:18pm

@Stef67: Thank you!

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

very nice details & colors. i love bamboos!

18 Oct 2009 7:46pm

@dabbler: Bamboo is beautiful and incredibly durable, I love it too. If it wasn't so invasive I would enjoy growing an area of it. Thank you for your comment.

bronzebilly u.k. from Barry,Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

Great macro Barbara..lovely detail...what a grower...!!!

18 Oct 2009 10:10pm

@bronzebilly u.k.: Thank you, Billy.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Yes, the word we use here for bamboo is 'invasive'. Sweet as it may look in your detail here, the growth rate and sheer power is incredible. Thought-provoking posting with those statistics.

18 Oct 2009 10:38pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Invasive is a familiar description here as well. Thanks, Ronnie.

Claudia from Illinois, United States

This looks like a clove of garlic. Nice image! And wow..I had no idea bamboo grew that fast. That is almost creepy! :)

18 Oct 2009 11:06pm

@Claudia: Thanks, Claudia for the observation, you're right it does look like garlic. I knew it grew fast but was astonished by the information on it's growth rate.

Michael from Deer Park, United States

i love the colors. very nice photo.

19 Oct 2009 12:06am

@Michael: Thank you, Michael.

Bill Laing from Corvallis, OR, United States

Love how you created the angles of this composition. They add visual interest. Great color.

20 Oct 2009 12:06am

Tammy-Cricket from Somewhere, United States

I really love how you took something so simple and turned it into art. Amazing image.

20 Oct 2009 2:47am

BlueMoon from Strasbourg, France

Great details !

20 Oct 2009 10:18am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Wonderful macro and great information. Mike could tell you about a root from an old neighbor of ours in Spring Hill. He put in some bamboo and when the root showed up in our yard about 20' away, Mike took it up w/the neighbor. His bamboo got pulled out in a hurry! :D

25 Oct 2009 8:45pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is beautiful. I love to see a bamboo forest and there is one not too far from me. I have heard how invasive and hard it is to control so I will also continue to enjoy it from a little distance.

26 Oct 2009 4:51pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

The colour and clarity are amazing. Great composition

28 Nov 2009 3:58am