Guadua Bamboo

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33 Species

The genus Guadua contains the largest bamboos in tropical America. Stems can reach up to 30m in height and to 20cm in diameter. The name Guadua (pronounced 'gua-du-a') comes from the common name used by the people of Colombia.

Bamboo species of the genus Guadua are native to Central and South America: from Mexico to Paraguay and Argentina, with a center of diversity in western Amazonia. They usually occur in hot lowland regions within forests and savannas.

Guadua is used as a building material for construction and similar purposes; only one species (Guadua sarcocarpa) is recorded to be consumed as a vegetable.

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