There are many varieties of bamboo in Gehennum, including two of giant bamboo, which is used for scaffolding and other structures, especially in inexpensive thatch-and-bamboo buildings, for masts and spars, from which cheap chop-sticks are split, and the hollow stems of which are used for dippers, containers, and other small vessels. A much smaller plant, called “male bamboo” yields thin, tough stems with close-spaced joints, and is used for fishing-rods, staffs, polearm shafts (see rhompeia, sarissa, and spear), furniture, battens for thatch roofs and so forth. The young shoots of bamboo may be eaten raw, and are often used in cooking.

Bamboo is not widely used for fuel, because its stems often explode in fires.

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