Economic Botany

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 335–361 | Cite as

Bamboo in the economy of Oriental peoples

  • F. A. McClure


As ornamental subjects and as the source of raw material for papermaking, textiles, basketry, matting, rope, house construction, furniture, bridges and fishing equipment, bamboos have a greater diversity of uses in the Orient than any other group of closely related plants.


Economic Botany Bamboo Culm Level Land Bamboo Pulp Phyllostachys Pubescens 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. A. McClure
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Introduction Section, Horticultural Crops Research Branch Agricultural Research ServiceUnited States Department of AgricultureUSA

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