Some species of bamboo have a higher tensile strength than mild steel! Notable among these are the clumping species Bengal Bamboo (Bambusa tulda) and Puntpole Bamboo (Bambusa tuldoides).
A sliver of bamboo was the filament material utilised by the inventor, Thomas Edison, in his first commercially viable light bulb. The original bamboo filament lamp is on display in the Smithsonian Institution.
The first sign of life to return to ground zero at Hiroshima, after the devastation caused by the dropping of an atomic bomb, was a new shoot from a small running bamboo.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. A shoot in a mature clump of bamboo can grow more than a metre per day.
Apart from the well known traditional uses, and now increasingly commonplace modern day uses of bamboo eg. for floorboards, this incredible giant grass has been made into surfboards, bicycles, orchestral instruments, computers and cars.