It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, mostly just because I didn't take time to actually process the fact that this stitch does look like bamboo stalks.
Crochet is generally that straightforward, so I'm not sure why I thought.
Overall I do like the stitch. It works up a little stiff in my default Simply Soft yarn, but the fabric still feels nice.
I'm also extremely fond of the thick stripes on front.
I have been on a stripey kick lately.
I recommend trying it, if you are so inclined.
For those new to the double ended hook like me, these are the two video resources that I used to figure out how this stitch works in the round.