1,400 Bamboo Species by Bamboo U

It may be hard to believe that there are 1,400 documented species of bamboo in the world, with many more yet to be discovered. They are spread around the world, though about 900 of them naturally grow in Southeast Asia, including 145 specifically endemic to Indonesia. Our giant grass is ever surprising: you can produce a variety of products with just one species.

Here are a couple of the most important species we use here at Bamboo U:

Dendrocalamus Asper | Bambu Petung:

Nicknamed the ‘Giant Bamboo’, Petung is strong and dependable and a founding member for most of our projects. You can see Petung in structural use at our Green Camp Office. Average heights: 15 -30 metres Average diameters: 8 to 20 cm

Principle use: construction and food Distinguishing features: the aerial roots, little hairs, just above the nodes.

Photo 1: The combination of Bambu Petung and Bambu Tali at our Bamboo U Office (©Tommaso Riva)

Gigantochloa Apus | Bambu Tali: One of Tali’s many qualities is its flexibility; it can be easily manipulated and is used for making bamboo ropes, a valuable element of the construction process. In fact, Tali in Bahasa Indonesian means ‘rope’. Average heights: 8-22 metres Average diameters: 4-13 cm Principle use: handicraft, furniture and construction Distinguishing features: long fibres and very little tapering (when compared to Petung).

Photo 2: The use of Bambu Tali in our tensile tent on the new Bamboo U Campus, as a structural element and as rope. (©Tommaso Riva)

If you would like to know more about the different bamboo species used at Green School and by IBUKU, come join Bamboo U: https://bamboou.com/the-courses/

Win a chance to get Bamboo U Competition Details. Learn more here.

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