Bamboo has many names, species and properties.
Bamboos are one of the fastest growing plants in the world. They are of notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product.

Which Bamboo is right for you?
That might depend on what you want to use it for.

Note: Bamfaux (Imitation Bamboo) mimics natural bamboo. We do not sell natural bamboo.

Bamboo has been given the name "velu". Most likely from Sanskrit says Wikipedia.

Scientific classification of Bamboo  
Kingdom: Plantae    
(unranked): Angiosperms  
(unranked): Monocots Bamboo Names
(unranked): Commelinids Bamboo
Order: Poales Bambo
Family: Poaceae Bambus
Subfamily: Bambusoideae Bambuseae
Supertribe: Bambusodae  
Tribe: Bambuseae  

Table Information from Wikipedia

Guadua Bamboo:
Wikipedia says: Guadua angustifolia is a Neotropics genus of thorny clumping bamboo, ranging from moderate to very large species. Physically, Guadua (its common name) is noted for being the largest Neotropics bamboo.

Many different websites all over the Internet refer to Guadua as "Vegetable Steel". And, travel sites in South America have beautiful photographs of how this Bamboo has been used in construction. (Unfortunately, we do not have permission to host any of these pictures.)

Moso Bamboo
Phyllostachys edulis, moso bamboo, or mao zhu is a temperate species of giant timber bamboo native to China. The "edulis" part of the Latin name is a reference to the fact that it produces edible shoots. Moso bamboo can reach heights of up to 28 m (92 ft). This particular species of bamboo is the most common species used in the bamboo textile industry of China. Its physical properties boast an average breaking tenacity more than three times that of cotton, wool, rayon, or polyester.

Bamfaux (Imitation Bamboo)
Bamfaux has a very high tolerance of outside weather, unlike natural bamboo.
Bamfaux lasts upwards of 5 years outside and inside, retaining its color, repelling bugs, keeping its shape, and serves as a conduit for cables or wires or water. Bamfaux does not burn, it melts, and therefore never promotes fires.

Bamboo Comparison:
In 2010,
Valentijn de Vos, from the Larenstein University in Netherlands, did his thesis comparing Guadua and Moso Bamboo to determine which is best for construction and/or industrial processing. His conclusion is very interesting. He measures the
Macroscopic and Microscopic features, Starch, Density, Hardness, Strength, Gluability and Treatability of both bamboos to Compare the Mechanical Properties. Read up about it at

A Comparison of the Different Bamboos and Bamfaux
Product Bamfaux Guadua Moso Other Bamboo
Fire Stop Yes No No No
Bug-Free Yes No No No
Water does no harm Yes No No No
Color fast for 3+ years Yes No No No
Does not Flake or Break Yes No No No
Strength as a Material PVC Plant Stem Plant Stem Plant Stem
Edible No No Yes Some
Promotes Fires No Yes Yes Yes
Hollow right through Yes No No No


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