While looking at some of the huge bamboo groves at the Huntington Gardens today, I started to wonder just how big this stuff gets. Well in August 2003, botanists at Yunnan University found the world’s biggest bamboo plant in an artificially-grown bamboo forest in Menghai county of Xishuangbanna Autonomous Prefecture, in southwestern China Here’s the stats:

Height: 46 meters (151feet)
Culms (stalk) Diameter: 36 cm (14 inches)
Estimated Weight 450 kg. (990 lbs.)

Farmers estimate this plant to be only one year old making this plant a VERY big baby.

Conclusion: The worlds biggest bamboo weighs more than me.

And as always, for more info about my exploits including the bamboo at the Huntington Gardens, check me out at Fat Chick Sings.  oxo

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