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Guadua bamboo: a sustainable giant of the Americas

Belonging to the Poaceae family and the Bambusoideae subfamily, this bamboo stands out for its impressive size, resistance and versatility, making it an invaluable resource for various applications.

Guadua Angustifolia bamboo is among the priority species according to the methodology developed by Inbar. Guadua Angustifolia is a large and spectacular bamboo, with an elongated pachymorph rhizome that helps the plant to spread horizontally, covering more space and, in some cases, adapting to adverse environmental conditions.

The stem, or culm, is robust, straight and reaches 30 meters in height, has a dark green color with white bands at the nodes, a diameter of up to 20 cm, with a thick wall, and medium-sized leaves. It is considered to be of excellent height, with culm durability and superior mechanical properties.

Due to its resistance and flexibility, Guadua Angustifolia bamboo is highly valued in construction. It is used to create lightweight but resilient structures capable of withstanding earthquakes and strong winds. Furthermore, its rapid growth and ability to regenerate after cutting make it a renewable and environmentally sustainable resource, offering an ecological alternative to wood. Commercial plantations are increasing.


Its distribution originates in South America, being well distributed and cultivated in Central and South America. Guadua Angustifolia bamboo was introduced in many other countries.

1994, Inbar

Guadua grows in rich to medium soils, especially along rivers and mountainous terrain, tolerates –2°C, and is valuable on sloping terrain and for soil conservation. Guadua plays a crucial role in its native ecosystems, contributing to the protection of the soil against erosion and serving as a habitat for diverse species of fauna.

Currently research efforts are limited to studies on stem preservation and determination of physical properties.

The sustainable exploitation of Guadua bamboo is vital for the conservation and protection of the ecosystems where it is found. Responsible management practices, which include selective logging and replanting, are essential to ensure this valuable resource continues to thrive for future generations.

The Brazilian Innovation and Sustainability Center – CEBIS, has played a fundamental role in promoting Guadua bamboo both in Brazil and around the world. Through research, development of sustainable management techniques and dissemination of its numerous applications, CEBIS seeks not only to preserve this species, but also to encourage its use as a renewable and eco-friendly resource. Their initiatives help raise the profile of Guadua bamboo as a viable and sustainable alternative for construction, design and many other industries, highlighting its potential in developing global sustainable low-carbon solutions.

Guadua bamboo is more than just a plant; It is a symbol of versatility and sustainability. As the world seeks sustainable alternatives to traditional resources, Guadua bamboo stands out as a shining example of functionality combined with low carbon.



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