Bamboo names and synonyms

Compiled by Wim Masman (c).

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E-mail: wim-masman@pi.net

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Acidosasa
Actinocladum
Aimeea
Alvimia
Ampelocalamus
Anomochloa
Apoclada
Arberella
Arthroostachys
Arthrostylidium
Arundarbor
Arundinaria
Arundo
Athroostachys
Atractantha
Atractocarpa
Aulonemia
Bambos
Bambusa
Bashania
Beesha
Bonia
Borinda
Brachystachyum
Brasilocalamus
Buergersiochloa
Bulbulus
Burmabambus
Butania
Cephalostachys
Cephalostachyum
Chimonobambusa
Chimonocalamus
Chusquea
Clavinodum
Cloothamnus

Colanthelia
Coliquea
Criciuma
Cryptochloa
Davidsea
Decaryochloa
Dendragrostis
Dendrocalamopsis
Dendrocalamus
Dendrochloa
Diandrolyra
Digitaria
Dinochloa
Drepanostachyum
Ekmanochloa
Elytrostachys
Eremitis
Eremocaulon
Fargesia
Ferrocalamus
Festuca
Froesiochloa
Gelidocalamus
Gigantochloa
Glaziophyton
Greslania
Guadua
Guaduella
Gynerium
Gynnerium
Heckelia
Hibanobambusa
Hickelia
Himalayacalamus
Himalayaocalamus
Hitchcockella

Holttumochloa
Indocalamus
Indosasa
Ischurochloa
Isurochloa
Kinabaluchloa
Klemachloa
Leleba
Leptaspis
Leptocanna
Lingnania
Lithachne
Ludolfia
Ludolphia
Maclurochloa
Maclurolyra
Macronax
Matudacalamus
Melocalamus
Melocanna
Merostachys
Metasasa
Microbambus
Microcalamus
Miegia
Mniochloa
Monocladus
Monstruocalamus
Munget
Myriocladus
Nastus
Nechouzeana
Neobambus
Neohouzeana
Neohouzeaua
Neohouzeo

Neomicrocalamus
Neosasamorpha
Neosasamorphia
Neosinocalamus
Neurolepis
Nipponobambusa
Nipponocalamus
Ochlandra
Oligostachyum
Olmeca
Olyra
Oreiostachys
Oreobambos
Oreocalamus
Otatea
Oxytenanthera
Panicum
Pariana
Perrierbambus
Perrieribambou
Pharus
Phyllostachys
Piresia
Planotia
Platonia
Pleioblastus
Pseudocoix
Pseudosasa
Pseudostachyum
Pseudoxytenanthera
Puelia
Qiongzhou
Qiongzhuea
Racemobambos
Raddia
Raddiella

Rehia
Reitzia
Rettbergia
Rhipidocladum
Sasa
Sasaella
Sasamorpha
Schizostachyum
Scrotochloa
Semiarundinaria
Shibataea
Sieglingia
Sinarundinaria
Sinoarundinaria
Sinobambusa
Sinocalamus
Soejatmia
Sphaerobambos
Stemmatospermum
Strephium
Streptochaeta
Streptogyna
Sucrea
Suddia
Swallenochloa
Teinostachyum
Tetragonocalamus
Thamnocalamus
Thamnocalatus
Thirsostachys
Thyrsostachys
Triglossum
Vietnamosasa
Yadakeya
Yushania

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Popular Common Names
Common Name Scientific / Botanical Name
Arrow Bamboo Pseudosasa japonica
Beechey Bamboo Bambusa beecheyana
Black Bamboo Phyllostachys nigra
Buddha's Belly Bambusa tuldoides 'Ventricosa '
Canebrake Arundinaria gigantea
Chinese Goddess Bambusa multiplex riviereorum
Chinese Thorny Bamboo Bambusa sinospinosa
Common Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris
Dwarf Fernleaf Bamboo Pleioblastus distichus
Dwarf Whitestripe Bamboo Pleioblastus fortunei
Fernleaf Bamboo Bambusa multiplex 'Fernleaf '
Fountain Bamboo Fargesia nitida
Giant Thorny Bamboo Bambusa bambos
Giant Timber Bamboo Bambusa oldhamii
Green Mountain Bamboo Yushania alpina
Golden Bamboo Phyllostachys aurea
Golden Golden Bamboo Phyllostachys aurea holochrysa
Heavenly Bamboo is a Nandina, not a bamboo at all.
Hedge Bamboo Bambusa multiplex
Himalayan Blue Bamboo (old name) Drepanostachyum falcatum or
(new name) Himalayacalamus hookerianus
Horsehoof Bamboo Bambusa lapidea
Iron Range Bamboo Bambusa forbesii
Japanese Timber Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides
Lucky Bamboo is also not a bamboo; it is a Dracaena.
Male Bamboo Dendrocalamus strictus
Marbled Bamboo Chimonobambusa marmorea
Mexican Weeping Bamboo Otatea acuminata aztecorum
Monastery Bamboo Thyrsostachys siamensis
Narihira Bamboo Semiarundinaria fastuosa
Oldham's Bamboo Bambusa oldhamii
Painted Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Punting Pole Bamboo Bambusa tuldoides
River Cane Arundinaria gigantea
Square Bamboo Chimonobambusa quadrangularis
Stone Bamboo Phyllostachys angusta
Sweetshoot Bamboo Phyllostachys dulcis
Switch Cane Arundinaria gigantea tecta
Timor Black Bamboo Bambusa lako
Tonkin Cane Pseudosasa amabilis
Tortoise Shell Bamboo Phyllostachys heterocycla
Tea Stick Bamboo Pseudosasa amabilis
Tropical Black Bamboo Gigantochloa atroviolacea
Umbrella Bamboo Fargesia murieliae
Water Bamboo Phyllostachys heteroclada
Weaver's Bamboo Bambusa textilis
Wine Bamboo Oxytenanthera braunii
Yellow Groove Bamboo Phyllostachys aureosulcata

Japanese names frequently used

Japanese Name Scientific / Botanical Name
Hachiku Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon'
Hoteichiku Phyllostachys aurea
Kikkochiku Phyllostachys heterocycla
Kumazasa Sasa veitchii
Kurochiku Phyllostachys nigra
Madake Phyllostachys bambusoides
Medake Pleioblastus simonii
Moso (Mao zhu) Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens
Okame-zasa Shibataea kumasaca
Yadake Pseudosasa japonica
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Bamboo common names and photos

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Alphonse Karr

Arrow Bamboo

Beechy Bamboo

Birodona

Black Bamboo

Blue, Himalayan Blue

Buddha's Belly Bamboo

Candy Stripe Bamboo

Castillion Bamboo

Chinese Goddess

Common Bamboo

Dissimulator

Dragon's Head

Dwarf Fernleaf

Dwarf Greenstripe

Dwarf Whitestripe

Fernleaf Bamboo

Fountain Bamboo

Giant Timber

Golden Bamboo/Fishpole

Golden Goddess

Green Groove

Green Onion Bamboo

Hedge Bamboo

Henon

Himalayan Blue

Khasia Bamboo

Kuma/Zasa

Leopardskin

Male Bamboo

Mannii

Marbled Bamboo

Medake

Membranacea

Mexican Weeping

Monestary Bamboo

Moso

Narihira Bamboo

Oldham's/Giant Timber

Painted Bamboo

Punting Pole Bamboo

Robert Young

Seabreeze

Shimofuri

Silverstripe

Snakeskin

Square Bamboo

Stone Bamboo

Sweetshoot Bamboo

Tiny Fern

Tsuboi

Weavers Bamboo

Yellow Groove

Yellow Groove (Inverse)

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