Can we say that Brasil has a great number of native bamboo species?
Why are they so unknown? Brazil definitely has a great number of native bamboo species–approximately 137 described species of woody bamboos, and 67 described species of herbaceous bamboos, giving a total of over 200 native species. We do know that there are a number of yet undescribed bamboo species in Brazil that will eventually increase this number. Bamboos in general are very difficult to study because they can be large and complex, and for the woody bamboos, often the flowering structures are not readily available. For Brazilian bamboos in particular, there are many species but there have been few botanists, either from Brazil or elsewhere, who have dedicated themselves to the study of Brazilian bamboos. The exceptions in Brazil are Tatiana Sendulsky, Tarciso Filgueiras, and the late Alisdair Burman. But because of the very great bamboo diversity in Brazil, and the need to go into the field to study the plants and collect herbarium specimens, it takes a lot of effort and a long ti