Guadua Bamboo

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Guadua

Guadua

38 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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