Common bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) belongs to the Poaceae (the Grass family). It is native to Indochina and to the province of Yunnan in southern China. Today, it is the most widely grown bamboo throughout the tropics and subtropics. The clums are crowded, lemon-yellow, and grows uo to a height of 20 m. The leaves are narrowly lanceolate, with dense pubescence. The young shoots are edible when cooked. The stems are used as treatment for rheumatism while the shoots are used against abscesses and malaria.