posted by Anonymous .
Why do bamboos have leaves that encircle the stem? (Is it for some kind of structure support?) Also, why are there leaves at the top of the plant on lateral branches? There is graffiti at the base of some of the bamboo shoots. Why doesn't the graffiti grow higher up the shoot as the plant gains height?
Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Having lived in Japan, I love bamboo, but be sure to plant it in a box if you ever want it in your garden, because it will take over! Another plant that looks like it that is good in the garden is Nandina. Here are some sites on bamboo. If you don't find everything you need, feel free to repost those questions:
1. (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo
3. (lots of articles): http://www.bambooheadquarters.com/