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Phyllostachys Pubescens

 

Origins

Esta es una de las familias de Bambú más extendidas en el mundo, en parte se debe a su gran facilidad para adaptarse a la vida en diferentes ambientes, pero sobretodo por sus estupendas características y utilidades. Es originario de China central, donde ha sido un material fundamental en el día a día desde hace miles de años, en la actualidad todavía se extiende en grandes selvas vírgenes en las montañas del interior. En primavera, cuando a partir del rizoma nacen los nuevos tallos de un bonito color azul verdoso, se puede apreciar la impresionante rapidez con la que crece este bambú, que puede superar con facilidad los 30 cm al día.

Growth and Cutting

The canes reach between 18 and 25 m. height in just a few months and spend the next few years developing their woody structure while the mother plant continues to sprout new stems annually. In this way, although the canes are cut at around 5 years of age, the population remains constant and healthy at all times because by removing the mature stems there are more energy resources such as light, water and nutrients for the new culms.

Drying and Transport

Once cut, the reeds are taken to the nearby plants for selection and drying for at least 3 months until they are ready for shipment. In the environmental aspect, bamboo is considered a perfect substitute for classic timber, since aspects such as the long sea transport to Europe are not as influential in the calculation of the ecological footprint as the enormous amount of environmental CO2 fixed by this plant in its short life cycle. It also functions as a water regulator, creating a large amount of biomass and its collection and use allows the preservation of threatened and delicate tree forests.

The Phyllostachys family includes a variety of very different colors including Phyllostachys Nigra (Black) and Phyllostachys Boryana (Leopard).

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