Local name: Bamboo
The bamboos /bæmˈbuː/ (About this sound listen) are evergreen perennial flowering plants in the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae. In bamboo, as in other grasses, the internodal regions of the stem are usually hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, including the palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering.
It is estimated that about 90-150 tonnes of leaves can be obtained from one hectare of bamboo forests.
Bamboo leaves are rich in protein. The leaves in tender stages are relished by the animals and can form a part of the ration. Several studies shown that bamboo leaves are important source of roughage for feeding of livestock.