Monocarpic plants set seed only once and then die. Bamboo is of this kind, but they have very long lives. We have a lovely clumping bamboo (Fargesia), i.e. it’s not invasive. It currently has has an abundant crop of seed. So this is the end. Or is it? I think it’s over.
The cultivar we have is Fargesia nitida, which features a pretty dark purple cane. It was brought out of China by a Russian collector in the 1880s, and presumably all the plants like ours have been cloned from that one. They are all setting seed these days, that started a few years ago. It would seem that the setting of seeds in the Bamboo is a somewhat synchronized event, worldwide. You can already buy new plants grown from the seeds; though only time will tell exactly how those will behave.
That this only happens every 100+ years makes me curious if it would be possible to brew a craft beer from the abundant grain harvest.