I took two lovely photos with my Sony Cybershot a few days ago. Because of the lighting and some rain I wasn't able to really do justice to such a remarkable bamboo. Perhaps another time when I can capture it in better lights and weather conditions. The gathering shadows and threatening drizzle made it very difficult for me.
Have you seen this type of bamboo before?
There are more than 1000 species of bamboos in the world according to most sources and many more waiting to be discovered and documented. Some bamboo can be as huge a man's thigh (Bario) and some are so tiny they are like miniature bonsai. Bamboo is a Malay word and its Latin equivalent is bambuse.
This photo shows what is perhaps the genus called "Lizard Bamboo" (Buloh Engkarong) by the local Ibans. It is actually more like the Spider Plant with each little clump of bamboo hanging on to another. The bamboo clumps cascade downwards and swing beautifully with grace and poetry in the wind.
And thus perhaps like "lizards" they "hang" from the "roof" of the jungles of Borneo.
1. The Bambusetum in University of Malaya
2. The Bambusetum in University of Brunei Darussalam