Is Beema Bamboo a Solid Bamboo?
I'm wondering about how true the claims of total solidity of some species or varieties of bamboo actually are. e.g. Bambusa balcooa var 'Beema'. Is it a case of mostly solid starting from the base up or total solidity? Or is it just an occasional occurrence even in monoclonal cultivars?
I know this site refers to Guadua angustifolia but it is also one of the best bamboo resources I've found online in terms of plain presentation of facts rather than the standard sales pitch so I figured where better to ask.
Stephane from Guadua Bamboo replied:
100% solid tropical bamboo don't exist as far as I know, except for some small diameter bamboo in the genus Chusquea.
In the genus Guadua there also exist a near solid species called Guadua amplexifolia (see photo), which starts nearly solid at the base, however a small cavity the size of a pencil is still present. Towards the middle and top of the culm the bamboo becomes hollow again, although the wall thickness remains fairly thick.
Cheers for the feedback, most helpful, and as I thought. I like the idea of finding a near solid 'open clumper' as opposed to true clumpers as a soil ameliorative and commercial product for use on degraded land to provide the most land cover and prevent erosion. Will keep reading...
Again, congrats on hands down being one of the leading web resources on bamboo.