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Bambusa pervariabilis viridistriata

Bambusa vulgaris Wamin

Membership information

Membership in the American Bamboo Society and one ABS chapter is for the calendar year and includes a subscription to the bimonthly Magazine and annual Journal.

The Digital Membership lets you conserve resources downloading the publications from the internet. The Publications are also full color and are available about two weeks before the printed versions. You can download a sample issue for free.

If you have specific questions about membership or renewal that are not answered here, please email us, or write to:

American Bamboo Society
315 S Coast Highway 101 Ste U
PMB 212
Encinitas, CA 92024-3555
Membership category Annual
fee (digital)
fee (print)
Individual (NA)
US$40.00 US$50.00
Three-years (NA)
US$110.00 US$140.00
National membership from outside the U.S.A.
US$40.00 US$55.00
Patron (NA)
US$120.00 US$130.00
Supporting (NA)
US$60.00 US$70.00
Additional local chapter memberships US$15.00 US$15.00
National Life membership (ABS only)
(Some chapters also offer life memberships)
US$600.00 US$800.00

Membership category note:

  • (Joint) means membership in the National ABS and one chapter.
  • (ABS) means membership in the National ABS only.
  • (NA) means North America - Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Membership application form

You may use either the on-line membership form if you are paying by credit card or print a PDF form you can fill-in. Send applications to:

American Bamboo Society
315 S Coast Highway 101 Ste U
PMB 212
Encinitas, CA 92024-3555

For information about the ABS Bamboo Species Source list

In December, 2007 we'll start putting together the 2008 ABS Species Source List. Please check back here or look for a notice on the News page for information about submissions for the 2008 list.

To order paper copies of the Species Source List, please contact:

American Bamboo Society
315 S Coast Highway 101 Ste U
PMB 212
Encinitas, CA 92024-3555

Please send $3 ($2 for the Source List, $1 for postage and handling).

ABS Publications - our magazine and our journal

BAMBOO, the magazine of the American Bamboo Society

A downloadable index of our magazine/newsletter is available as a PDF. You can get the free Adobe Reader here.

The editors of our magazine, BAMBOO, are Betty and Don Shor . It is published bi-monthly and information about advertising is below. Please email the editors, or write to the address below for information about submitting material for publication and for any other information that is not covered here.

The deadline for each magazine is the 1st of the month previous to the publication date. So, for an October edition, the deadline is the first of September, for the December edition, it is the first of November, and so on.

For those of you interested in writing for the ABS Magazine, please look at the ABS Authors’ Specifications Sheet and the ABS Authors’ Guidelines. They are both available as a Adobe PDF. You can get the free Adobe Reader here.

The postal address to use to submit printed materials is:

Don and Betty Shor, Editors
ABS Magazine
1607 Fifth Street
Davis, CA 95616

Teasers! We have samples from some of some past issues.

Bamboo Science and Culture is the journal of the American Bamboo Society

Bamboo Science and Culture is the official journal of the American Bamboo Society. It is the continuation of The Journal of the American Bamboo Society, a journal with a long tradition of publishing scientific and cultural articles on all aspects of bamboo.

Bamboo Science and Culture is the premier journal for bamboo systematics, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, geography, anatomy, history, physiology, agriculture, pathology, morphology and any other scholarly works dealing directly with bamboo.

Bamboo Science and Culture is a peer-reviewed journal of the highest caliber.

We have a write-up of author’s guidelines for material to be published in the Journal.

Almost all of the back volumes are available on-line for you to download and read. They are in PDF format and you will need Adobe Reader to view them.

The ABS Journal Editor is:

Johan Gielis
Nottebohmstraat 8
B-2018 Antwerpen

Advertising in the ABS Publications

There are three ABS publications which accept advertising. All three are distributed to all ABS members.

  • the annual Species Source List, which is sold across the U.S.
  • the ABS magazine, BAMBOO, which appears bi-monthly
  • the ABS Membership Directory, which is published annually each October

The cost for the various sizes and types of advertising is described in the Advertising Guide (you'll need the Adobe Reader).

The ABS and Arts & Crafts

The Resource List

Acknowledging the increased interest in the use of bamboo in the creative fields of arts, crafts and construction, the American Bamboo Society compiles a Resource List which is also available without cost to anyone who requests it.

The List will be expanded upon, edited, and re-evaluated at regular intervals by Charissa Brock with the help of Beverly Messenger (whose specialties are poetry and music) and other ABS volunteers.

This list is evolving and does not claim to be exhaustive. At no time will the American Bamboo Society be held responsible for the products and/or services resulting from use of this list, which is provided as a service to those interested in bamboo.

For information on how to be included in the Resource List, contact:

Charissa Brock
Charissa Brock
Portland, OR 97293

As of December 2006, the following categories are included:

  • Art
  • Construction
  • Crafts
  • Illustration
  • Music
  • Poetry/Writing
  • Sculpture
  • Demonstrations available
  • Lectures available
  • Workshops available
  • Bamboo poles
Copyright 2006, Florida Caribbean Chapter of the American Bamboo Society, 7810 SW 118 STREET, Miami, FL 33156-4435.