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Bamboo shoot. Young shoot of the bamboo Phyllostachys pubescens growing on a forest floor. P. pubescens is native to the mountainous forests of China, and may grow to over 10 metres in height. The shoots grow extremely fast, up to around half a metre each day at their fastest. The shoots of this bamboo can be eaten as a vegetable.
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