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Bambusa vulgaris forms moderately loose clumps and has no thorns. It has lemon-yellow culms (stems) with green stripes and dark green leaves. The densely tufted culms grow 10–20 metres (30–70 ft) high and 4–10 centimetres (2–4 in) thick. Leaf blades are narrowly lanceolate
B. vulgaris is widely cultivated in East, Southeast and South Asia, as well as tropical Africa including Madagascar. It is highly concentrated in the Indo-Malayan rainforests.It grows best under humid conditions
Young shoots of the plant, cooked or pickled are edible and eaten throughout Asia.