Bamboo in Falmouth is dying off en masse in a “more than rare” flowering event, according to Marine Biological Laboratory scientist Ivan Valiela.

“Virtually every stem in Falmouth has died,” Dr. Valiela said. “It’s a botanical mystery, in a way.”

Hundreds of species of bamboo grow all over the world. On Cape Cod, temperate species of bamboo can survive the cold winter temperatures but cannot survive summers that get above 90 degrees.

Though some species of bamboo are native to North America, bamboo is invasive on Cape Cod, Dr. Valiela said. Not only is it not native to the area, but it spreads quickly and aggressively. Read rest of the article here.

Source: Bamboo Dying In Falmouth But Will Not Be Gone Forever | Falmouth Enterprise