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Mar 21 2012

Botanical Wednesday: Forest of grass

(via NatGeo)

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  1. 1
    Glen Davidson

    Where are the swarms of herbivores (sorry, IDiots, they’re pretty clearly not-too-well-adapted-to-herbivory former-carnivores) devouring the grass?

    Pandas are even better than gnus, you know.

    Glen Davidson

  2. 2
    Suido

    Pandas are even better than gnus, you know.

    That’s gnus to me.
    I’m sorry, no more pandering to the easily amused, I’ll see myself out.

  3. 3
    A. R

    Amazing

  4. 4
    Travis

    I want a bamboo forest, just like this. I have wanted one for a long time. Sadly I doubt they would do well in Ottawa.

  5. 5
    John Morales

    Glen, duh.

    People can eat herbivores; grass, not so much.

  6. 6
    llewelly

    Grasses are adapted to a low CO2 world. it was a good gig until humans came along…

  7. 7
    Stacy

    The bug’s POV I tried to imagine as a child. Plus a neat little road. And minus the giant can of Raid.

  8. 8
    Antares42

    I’ve been to a similar place near Hongcun, Anhui province, China (sorry, picture is not entirely representative).

  9. 9
    Antares42

    You can get nicer photos, also from Hongcun village itself and the nearby Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) range from Google.

  10. 10
    cicada

    I’m actually living pretty close to the place in that photo.
    It’s Sagano in Kyoto, Japan. The bamboo path is pretty famous.

  11. 11
    lexie

    People can eat baby bamboo, it’s very tasty but I don’t think very nutritious though probably good for fibre intake.

  12. 12
    WharGarbl

    People can eat baby bamboo, it’s very tasty but I don’t think very nutritious though probably good for fibre intake.

    Bamboo Shoot nutritional info
    Good source for C and other minerals.

    I want a bamboo forest, just like this. I have wanted one for a long time. Sadly I doubt they would do well in Ottawa.

    I believe there are some bamboos that can tolerate cold climate.

  13. 13
    carlie

    People can eat herbivores; grass, not so much.

    Well, except wheat.
    And rice.
    And corn.
    And oats.
    And barley.
    And rye.
    And millet.
    And sorghum.

    (unless you meant the grass can’t eat herbivores?)

  14. 14
    baal

    I’ve walked a similar path – in Tennessee of all places.

  15. 15
    A. R

    Carlie: Bamboo shoots are quite nice too

  16. 16
    WharGarbl

    @carlie
    #13

    Well, except wheat.
    And rice
    And corn.
    And oats.
    And barley.
    And rye.
    And millet.
    And sorghum.

    (unless you meant the grass can’t eat herbivores?)

    Or he meant that we can’t eat the stem part of the grass, only the seed part.

  17. 17
    hotshoe, now with more boltcutters

    Grasses are adapted to a low CO2 world. it was a good gig until humans came along…

    Actually, it’s an even better gig now that people have come along, and have been persuaded by the grasses’ beauty and utility to do the hard work of spreading them everywhere. Develop and plant strains which can survive Saskatchewan winters, score one for the grasses’ “plan”. Clear the Amazon forest for pasture, score one for the grasses’ plan. Fence gardens around the world with bamboo, score one for the grasses’ plan. We do the work, they reap the benefit.

    They’ll be among the only organisms we deliberately transport to space colonies (if we ever do escape our planet).

  18. 18
    carlie

    AR – I am eating bamboo right now, in fact!

    We can eat the stem of sugarcane. The inside, at least.

  19. 19
    Menyambal

    There’s a grove of feral bamboo in Washington, DC, that I wandered through early one misty morning.

    There’s a clump of bamboo, beside a back road in Indonesia, that is`so large and tall and dense that I thought it was a giant tree.

  20. 20
    David Marjanović

    I wonder if that’s what a forest of horsetails looked like. We have a horsetail tree trunk (a Permian calamite) here… the cross-section is so big I can’t touch both edges at the same time with one hand.

    Good source for C and other minerals.

    Vitamin C isn’t a mineral.

  21. 21
    carlie

    Vitamin C isn’t a mineral.

    As we all know, it’s good for scurvy.

  22. 22
    WharGarbl

    @David
    #20

    Vitamin C isn’t a mineral.

    What did I write that make you think that I was saying its a mineral?

  23. 23
    WharGarbl

    #22
    Oh, wait, nevermind.
    Grammar fail.

  24. 24
    Sili

    Vitamin C isn’t a mineral.

    Well, if aluminium can be a petrochemical, I don’t see why vitamins can’t be honorary minerals.

    Particularly if they’re synthesised.

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