Common Names


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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Angustifolia
Guadua angustifolia
Arnhem Land Bamboo
Bambusa arnhemica
Awi Temen (Indo).
Gigantochloa atter
Baby Panda Bamboo
Poganatherum paniceum
Baby Panda Grass
Poganatherum paniceum
Balcooa
Bambusa balcooa
Bali Kuning Bamboo
Schizostachyum brachycladum
Balku Bans
Bambusa balcooa
Bamboozled
Dinochloa scandens
Bambusa speedy screen
Bambusa oldhamii
Bengal Bamboo
Bambusa tulda
Berry Bamboo
Melocanna baccifera
Black-hair Giantgrass
Gigantochloa nigrociliata
Blow Pipe Bamboo
Schizostachyum jaculans
Blumeana
Bambusa blumeana
Buddha's Belly Bamboo
Bambusa ventricosa
Burmese Stripe
Gigantochloa albociliata
Chinese Dwarf
Bambusa guangxiensis
Chinese Thorny Bamboo
Bambusa sinospinosa
Chungii
Bambusa chungii
Coronalis
Chusquea coronalis
Costa Rican Weeping
Chusquea coronalis
Emperor White
Bambusa chungii
Eutuldoides
Bambusa eutuldoides
Fountain Bamboo
Fargesia spathacea
Giant Black
Bambusa lako
Giant Buddha's Belly
Bambusa vulgaris cv "Wamin"
Giant Thorny Bamboo
Bambusa bambos
Giant Timber Bamboo
Bambusa oldhamii
Glaucescens
Bambusa multiplex
Goldstripe Weaver's
Bambusa spp "Albo-Striata"
Greater Buddha's Belly
Bambusa vulgaris cv "Wamin"
Green Ghost Bamboo
Dendrocalamus minor
Himalayan Weeping Bamboo
Drepanostachyum falcatum
Indo asper
Dendrocalamus asper
Iron Range Bamboo
Bambusa forbesii
Japanese Hedge Bamboo
Bambusa multiplex
Latina Princess
Chusquea pittieri
Lesser Thorny Bamboo
Bambusa blumeana
Lipstick Bamboo
Gigantochloa luteostriata
Malay Dwarf
Bambusa heterostachya
Malay Dwarf Green
Bambusa heterostachya
Malay Dwarf Variegated
Bambusa heterostachya variegated
Malay Pygmy Bamboo
Poganatherum paniceum
Maling Bamboo
Bambusa malingensis
Malingensis
Bambusa malingensis
Mexican Weeping Bamboo
Otatea acuminata aztecorum
Mini Cascade
Poganatherum paniceum
Mitenga (Bengal)
Bambusa longispiculata
Monastery Bamboo
Thyrsostachys siamensis
Nastus
Nastus elatus
Nepalese Blue
Himalayacalamus porcatus
Oldhamii
Bambusa oldhamii
Oriental Hedging Bamboo
Bambusa multiplex
Pring Legi
Gigantochloa atter
Pring Tali
Gigantochloa apus
Pring Wulung (Java)
Gigantochloa atroviolacea
Punting Pole Bamboo
Bambusa pervariabilis
Punt Pole Bamboo
Bambusa tuldoides
Purple Jade Bamboo
Drepanostachyum khasianum
Sacred Bali Bamboo
Schizostachyum brachycladum
Slender Weaver's Bamboo
Bambusa textilis var "Gracilis"
South Kalimantan
Gigantochloa luteostriata
Speedy Screen
Bambusa oldhamii
Spiny Bamboo
Bambusa sinospinosa
String Bamboo
Gigantochloa apus
Striped Weaver's
Bambusa spp "Albo-Striata"
Striped Weaver's Bamboo
Bambusa textilis cv "Albo-Striata"
Sweet Shoot bamboo
Bambusa oldhamii
Taiwan Giant Bamboo
Dendrocalamus latiflorus
Thaikwa (Burma)
Bambusa longispiculata
Tiger Grass
Thysanolaena maxima
Timor Black
Bambusa lako
Weaver's Bamboo
Bambusa textilis
Weaver's Bamboo - Fasca
Bambusa textilis var "Fasca"
White Powdery Bamboo
Bambusa chungii
Zebra Grass
Zebra Grass