There are hundreds of species of clumping bamboo and even more cultivars within the species. On the unusual occasion of a bamboo flowering even more plant variations can occur. Bamboo identification can be complex and a changing entity. The bamboo identification landscape is likely to change a lot more in the future as genetic mapping becomes more viable.
Most clumping bamboo's are from non-english south east asian countries (eg. China, Indonesia etc.) and are relatively new to Australia, having mostly been imported in the last 20 years. As such, identifying them with common garden names is messy.
Many species did not have english common names, therefore being named by the grower. Common names were also derived from local language, possibly even regional dialects. Multiple common names frequently occur for the same plant. The same common name can sometimes be used for different plants.
The list below is a collection of clumping bamboo names known at Bamboo World. The garden common name used by Bamboo World is shown in bold.
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