Sugar cane grows in segmented stalks, much like bamboo.
'...Sugar cane is grown chiefly from stem cuttings placed in furrows (narrow grooves) in the field and covered with soil. The buds on the nodes germinate into leafy shoots that emerge from the soil...'
(from The World Book Encyclopedia 2015 Edition Volume 18 So-Sz)
The process of manufacturing sugar granules from sugar cane juice may have originated in India over two thousand years ago.