Be­ware the bam­boo

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IWAS re­minded by Les­lie Ged­des-brown’s com­ments about bam­boo (Spec­ta­tor, April 19) of see­ing in south­ern Chile dead climb­ing plants hang­ing from trees and over un­der­growth. I asked my col­leagues about it and they said it was a species of bam­boo that flow­ers and dies once ev­ery 40 years. This pre­cip­i­tates a plague of mice as the ro­dents mul­ti­ply might­ily on the ben­e­fit of the abun­dance of seeds—farm­ers have to take great care in stor­ing their grain for a long time if they wish to keep any. David Whi­taker, Ed­in­burgh

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