In Wikipedia: Bamboo and Rattan

On the economic significance and potential of bamboo (in Philippines and China), see The Wonders of Bamboo (Business Mirror, March 3, 2012).

Bamboo is a group of perennial evergreens in the true grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family.

Rattan (from the Malay rotan) is the name for the roughly 600 species of palms native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia.

A list of priority species of bamboo and rattan has been published by IPGRI1 and INBAR2: Priority species of bamboo and rattan (1998) by A. N. Rao, V. Ramanatha Rao and J.T. Williams (ed.).

Use Google Patents to find patents on the processing or production of bamboo and rattan products.

World Bamboo Organization is dedicated to promoting the use of bamboo and bamboo products for the sake of the environment and the economy.

The American Bamboo Society provides a list of Bamboo Societies around the World.