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Fishing rods and biofuels

Arundo donax

Arundo donax

Arundo donax, not a bamboo but still an impressive grass growing up to 6 meters in height (or sometimes even higher; it is in the same tribe as Phragmites). It is widely naturalized/wwedy in warmer parts of the world, and is common in the Mediterranean and areas with similar climate. It has been cultivated for thousands of years; leaves used by the Ancient Egypts in wrapping their dead and stems by the romans , but also in making pipes (for more than 5000 years), and is the source of the reeds for woodwind instruments (oboe, clarinets etc). So strong is the stam that it can also be used as walking sticks and fishing rods. Fastgrowing and a potential source for biofuels? And perhaps one ingredient in the ritual drink Soma

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