Common Bamboo Names

Common Bamboo Names

Landscapers, gardeners and garden books, frequently use common bamboo names to refer to popular bamboos. To help you find corresponding botanical names, the following list includes some of the most common bamboo names used in the United States and their botanical equivalents.

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Common Name

Botanic Name

Abyssinian Bamboo Oxytenanthera abyssinica
All Gold Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Holochrysa'
Alphonse Karr Bamboo Bambusa multiplex f. 'Alphonso Karrii'
American Long Leaved Bamboo Guadua longifolia
American Narrow Leaved Bamboo Guadua angustifolia
Andean Weeping Bamboo Chusquea andina
Arcana Bamboo Phyllostachys arcana
Arnhem Land Bamboo Bambusa arnhemica
Aromatic Bamboo Chimonocalamus delicatus
Arrow Bamboo Pseudosasa spp.
Arrow Bamboo Pleioblastus simonii
Arrow Bamboo Pseudosasa japonica
Australian Bamboo Bambusa arnhemica
Balcooa Bamboo Bambusa balcooa
Bamboo shrub Cephalostachyum capitatum
Bangladesh Bamboo Melocanna baccifera
Bengal Bamboo Bambusa tulda
Beechey Bamboo Bambusa beecheyana
Berry Bamboo Melocanna baccifera
Bhutan Bamboo Dendrocalamus sikkimensis
Big Jute Bamboo Dendrocalamus latiflorus
Bitter Bamboo Pleioblastus spp.
Bitter Bamboo Pleioblastus amarus
Black Asper Gigantochloa atroviolacea
Black Bamboo Gigantochloa atroviolacea
Black Bamboo Phyllostachys nigra
Black Fringed Giant Bamboo Gigantochloa nigrociliata
Black Hair Giant Bamboo Gigantochloa nigrociliata
Blowpipe Bamboo Bambusa dolichoclada
Blowpipe Bamboo Bambusa dolichomerithalla
Blue Bamboo Drepanostachyum falcatum
Blue Bamboo Himalayacalamus hookerianus
Bogor Thin Walled Bamboo Bambusa atra
Borneo Climbing Bamboo Dinochloa trichogona
Borneo Scrambling Bamboo Dinochloa trichogona
Brazilian Bamboo Merostachys multiramea
Brazil Large Leaved Bamboo Guadua latifolia
Broom Bamboo Fargesia fractiflexa
Brunei Thin Walled Bamboo Kinabaluchloa nebulosa
Buddha Bamboo Bambusa tuldoides 'Ventricosa'
Buddha's Belly Bamboo Bambusa tuldoides 'Ventricosa'
Buddha's Common Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin'
Burma Bamboo Shrub Cephalostachyum burmanicum
Burmese Bamboo Melocanna arundina
Burmese Bamboo Cephalostachyum pergracile
Burmese Bamboo Chimonocalamus burmaensis
Burmese Square Bamboo Chimonobambusa armata
Burmese Timber Bamboo Bambusa nutans
Burmese Weavers Bamboo Bambusa burmanica
Calcutta Bamboo Dendrocalamus strictus
Candy Cane Bamboo Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Candy Stripe Bamboo Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Cane Bamboo Arundinaria spp.
Cane Bamboo Sinarundinaria spp.
Canebrake Bamboo Arundinaria gigantea
Castillon Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castilloni'
Ceylon Bamboo Pseudoxytenanthera monadelpha
Ceylon Mottled Reed Bamboo Ochlandra stridula var. maculata
Ceylon Reed Bamboo Ochlandra stridula
Chilean Bamboo Chusquea andina
Chilean Weeping Bamboo Chusquea quila
Chinese Bamboo Bambusa multiplex
Chinese Dwarf Bamboo Bambusa multiplex 'Floribunda'
Chinese Edible Bamboo Phyllostachys angusta
Chinese Fish Rod Bamboo Phyllostachys angusta
Chinese Fountain Bamboo Fargesia spathacea
Chinese Fragrant Bamboo Chimonocalamus delicatus
Chinese Goddess Bamboo Bambusa multiplex 'Riviereorum'
Chinese Grey Bamboo Chimonocalamus pallens
Chinese Reed Bamboo Indocalamus spp.
Chinese Spiny Bamboo Bambusa sinospinosa
Chinese Thorny Bamboo Bambusa sinospinosa
Chinfu Mountain Square Bamboo Chimonobambusa utilis
Clumping Bamboo 'Damarapa' Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Clump Forming Bamboo 'Damarapa' Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Common Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris
Common Chinese Bamboo Pleioblastus amarus
Common Nandina Nandina domestica
Common Umbrella Bamboo Fargesia spathacea
Common Scrambling Bamboo Dinochloa utilis
Costa Rican Weeping Bamboo Chusquea coronalis
Damarapa Bamboo Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Didgeridoo Bamboo Bambusa arnhemica
Dragon Bamboo Dendrocalamus giganteus
Dragon's Head Bamboo Fargesia dracocephala
Dragon Head Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris
Dullooa Bamboo Neohouzeaua dullooa
Dwarf Buddha's Belly Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin'
Dwarf Fern Leaf Bamboo Pleioblastus distichus
Dwarf Fernleaf Bamboo Pleioblastus pygmaeus 'Distichus'
Dwarf Green Leaved Pleioblastus Pleioblastus variegatus f. humilis
Dwarf Plain Green Leaf Pleioblastus Pleioblastus variegatus f. humilis
Dwarf Whitestripe Bamboo Pleioblastus variegatus 'Fortunei'
Dwarf White Stripe Leaved Bamboo Pleioblastus variegatus 'Fortunei'
Elephant Bamboo Ochlandra travancorica
Embroidered Sheath Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides
Ethiopian Bamboo Oxytenanthera abyssinica
Ethiopian Climbing Bamboo Oxytenanthera abyssinica
Feathery Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris
Female Bamboo Bambusa balcooa
Fernleaf Bamboo Bambusa multiplex 'Fernleaf'
Fernleaf Hedge Bamboo Bambusa multiplex 'Floribunda'
Flat Leaved Indocalamus Indocalamus platyphyllus
Fortunei Bamboo Pleioblastus variegatus 'Fortunei'
Fountain Bamboo Fargesia nitida
Fragrant Bamboo Chimonocalamus delicatus
Giant Bamboo Dendrocalamus giganteus
Giant Bamboo Dendrocalamus asper
Giant Bamboo Bambusa balcooa
Giant Cane Arundinaria gigantea
Giant Dendrocalamus Dendrocalamus giganteus
Giant Golden Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Giant Green Striped Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Giant Panda Fodder Bamboo Fargesia murialiae
Giant Reed Bamboo Bambusa arundinacea var. gigantea
Giant Sour Bamboo Acidosasa gigantea
Giant Thorny Bamboo Bambusa bambos
Giant Thorny Bamboo Bambusa spinosa
Giant Timber Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides
Giant Timber Bamboo Bambusa oldhamii
Golden Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Golden Bamboo Phyllostachys aurea
Golden Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides
Golden Common Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Golden Golden Bamboo Phyllostachys aurea 'Holochrysa'
Green Grooved Bamboo Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis
Green Leaved Pleioblastus Pleioblastus variegatus f. variegatus
Green Mountain Bamboo Yushania alpina
Green Onion Bamboo Pseudosasa japonica 'Tsutsumiana'
Green Striped Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Green Stripe Common Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Green Striped Red Culmed Bamboo Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Hainan Bamboo Arundinaria lima
Hamilton Dendrocalamus Dendrocalamus hamiltonii
Hardy Blue Bamboo Fargesia nitida
Hardy Dragon Bamboo Fargesia dracocephala
Hardy Timber Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides
Heavenly Bamboo Not a bamboo (Nandina domestica)
Hedge Bamboo Bambusa multiplex
Himalayan Bamboo Yushania anceps
Himalayan Bamboo Drepanostachyum falcatum
Himalayan Bamboo 'Damarapa' Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Himalayan Blue Himalayacalamus hookerianus
Himalayan Blue Bamboo Himalayacalamus hookerianus
Hollow Bamboo Cephalostachyum capitatum
Horsehoof Bamboo Bambusa lapidea
India Aromatic Bamboo Chimonocalamus griffithianus
India Reed Bamboo Ochlandra ebracteata
India Reed Bamboo Ochlandra travancorica
India Striped Bamboo Drepanostachyum hookerianum
Indian Bamboo Bambusa arundinacea
Indian Fountain Bamboo Yushania anceps
Indonesian Asper Dendrocalamus asper
Indonesian Thin Walled Bamboo Bambusa amahussana
Inverted Castillon Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castilloni Inversa'
Iron Range Bamboo Neololeba atra
Ivory Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Japanese Arrow Bamboo Pseudosasa japonica
Japanese Indosasa Indosasa shibataeoides
Japanese Temple Bamboo Semiarundinaria fastuosa
Japanese Timber Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides
Kerala Reed Bamboo Ochlandra scriptoria
Kerala Reed Bamboo Ochlandra setigera
Kerala Reed Bamboo Ochlandra sivagiriana
Kerala Reed Bamboo Ochlandra wightii
Kwangsi umbrella bamboo Fargesia cuspidata
Large Flowered Dendrocalamus Dendrocalamus latiflorus
Large Leaved Bamboo Shrub Cephalostachyum latifolium
Large Leaved Hollow Bamboo Cephalostachyum latifolium
Large Leaved Variegated Bamboo Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'
Large Leaved Variegated Bamboo Shibataea kumasasa 'Aureostriata'
Large Leaved Variegated Bamboo Shibataea kumasasa 'Albotriata'
Linear Leaved Bamboo Pleioblastus linearis
Long Branched Bamboo Bambusa dolichocladas
Long Flowered Bamboo Pleioblastus dolichantus
Long Leaved Guadua Guadua longifolia
Lucky Bamboo Not a bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
Madagascar Reed Bamboo Ochlandra capitata
Madagascar Reed Bamboo Ochlandra perrieri
Malaysian Mountain Bamboo Holttumochloa magica
Malaysian Thin Walled Bamboo Kinabaluchloa wrayi
Male Bamboo Dendrocalamus strictus
Marbled Bamboo Chimonobambusa marmorea
Marliac's Castillon Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castilloni'
Marliac's Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Marliacea'
McClure's Castillon Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides 'McClure's Castilloni'
Mealy Dendrocalamus Dendrocalamus farinosus
Mexican Weeping Bamboo Otatea acuminata subsp. aztecorum
Mingal Bamboo Nastus elatus
Monastery Bamboo Thyrsostachys siamensis
Monk's Belly Bamboo Phyllostachys aurea
Moso Bamboo Phyllostachys edulis
Mottled Bamboo Chimonobambusa marmorea
Mountain Bitter Bamboo Pleioblastus communis
Mountain Fragrant Bamboo Chimonocalamus montanus
Muddy Bamboo Bambusa dissimulator
Muriel Bamboo Fargesia spathacea
Nandina Nandina domestica
Narrow Leaved Guadua Guadua angustifolia
Narrow Sheath Bamboo Phyllostachys angusta
Nepalese Bamboo Bambusa arundinacea
Nepalese Bamboo Bambusa tulda
Nepalese Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris
Nepalese Bamboo Dendrocalamus hamiltonii
Nepalese Bamboo Drepanostachyum intermedium
Nepalese Bamboo Thamnocalamus spathiflorus
Nepalese Bamboo Drepanostachyum falcatum
Nepalese Blue Bamboo Drepanostachyum falcatum
New Guinea Clumping Bamboo Nastus elatus
New Guinea Thin Walled Bamboo Bambusa atra
Oldham's Bamboo Bambusa oldhamii
Oriental Hedge Bamboo Bambusa multiplex 'Floribunda'
Ornamental Giant Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Painted Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Palmate Bamboo Sasa palmata
Pear Bamboo Melocanna baccifera
Philippines Scrambling Bamboo Cephalostachyum mindorensis
Philippines Sweet Shoot Bamboo Dendrocalamus sikkimensis
Plain Green Leaf Pleioblastus Pleioblastus variegatus f. variegatus
Punting Pole Bamboo Bambusa tuldoides
Punting Pole Bamboo Bambusa pervariabilis
Pygmy Bamboo Pleioblastus pygmaeus
Reed Bamboo Bambusa arundinacea
Reunion Bamboo Nastus borbonicus
Reunion Isle Bamboo Nastus borbonicus
River Cane Bamboo Arundinaria gigantea
Rough Asper Dendrocalamus asper
Rough Bamboo Dendrocalamus asper
Rough Flowered Arundinaria Oligostachyum scabriflorum
Rough Flowered Cane Bamboo Oligostachyum scabriflorum
Sabah Climbing Bamboo Dinochloa sublaevigata
Sabah Scrambling Bamboo Dinochloa sublaevigata
Sabah Scrambling Bamboo Kinabaluchloa nebulosa
Sacred Bamboo Nandina domestica
Sarawak Thin Walled Bamboo Kinabaluchloa nebulosa
Scrambling Bamboo Dinochloa spp.
Shiroshima Bamboo Hibanobambusa tranquillan 'Shiroshima'
Short Spikelet Bamboo Brachystachyum densiflorum
Short Tassled Bamboo Brachystachyum densiflorum
Sichuan Square Bamboo Chimonobambusa szechuanensis
Silk Ball Bamboo Bambusa beecheyana
Silverstripe Leaved Bamboo Sasa argenteostriata
Silverstripe Leaved Japanese Bamboo Sasa argenteostriata
Simon Bamboo Pleioblastus simonii
Simon Bitter Bamboo Pleioblastus simonii
Simon Cane Bamboo Pleioblastus simonii
Slender Bamboo Bambusa textilis var. gracilis
Slender Crookstem Japanese Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Slender Crookstem'
Slender Weavers Bamboo Bambusa textilis var. gracilis
Small Aromatic Bamboo Chimonocalamus dumosus
Small Bamboo Schizostachyum spp.
Smooth Shoot Gigantochloa Gigantochloa levis
Solid Bamboo Dendrocalamus strictus
Sour Bamboo Acidosasa chinensis
South China Sinocalamus Bambusa beecheyana
Spineless Indian Bamboo Bambusa tulda
Spiny Bamboo Bambusa arundinacea
Spiny Bamboo Bambusa spinosa
Spotted Bitter Bamboo Pleioblastus maculatus
Spotted Weavers Bamboo Bambusa textilis var. maculata
Square Bamboo Chimonobambusa quadrangularis
Square Stem Bamboo Chimonobambusa quadrangularis
Square Stemmed Bamboo Chimonobambusa quadrangularis
Square Culmed Bamboo Chimonobambusa quadrangularis
Sri Lanka Reed Bamboo Ochlandra stridula
Stone Bamboo Phyllostachys angusta
Striped Himalayan Bamboo Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'
Stripe Leaved Bamboo Gigantochloa verticillata
Surinam Dwarf Bamboo Bambusa humilis
Sweet Bamboo Dendrocalamus latiflorus
Sweetshoot Bamboo Phyllostachys dulcis
Switch Cane Arundinaria gigantea
Switch Cane Bamboo Arundinaria tecta
Swollen Stemmed Bamboo Bambusa tuldoides 'Ventricosa'
Square Bamboo Chimonobambusa quadrangularis
Taiwan Giant Bamboo Dendrocalamus latiflorus
Tama Bamboo Dendrocalamus hamiltonii
Tamil Nadu Reed Bamboo Ochlandra scriptoria
Tamil Nadu Reed Bamboo Ochlandra setigera
Tamil Nadu Reed Bamboo Ochlandra sivagiriana
Tamil Nadu Reed Bamboo Ochlandra wightii
Tea Stick Bamboo Pseudosasa amabilis
Teddy Bear Bamboo Dendrocalamus brandisii
Temple Bamboo Semiarundinaria fastuosa
Terai Bamboo Melocanna baccifera
Thin Headed Hollow Bamboo Cephalostachyum pergracile
Thin Holow Bamboo Cephalostachyum pergracile
Thin Leaved Bamboo Arundinaria chino f. angustifolia
Thin Walled Bamboo Pseudostachyum polymorphum
Thorny Bamboo Bambusa arundinacea
Thorny Bamboo Bambusa spinosa
Tibet Aromatic Bamboo Chimonocalamus tortuosus
Tibet Fragrant Bamboo Chimonocalamus tortuosus
Tibetan Princess Bamboo Himalayacalamus asper
Tiger Stripe Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Tight Flowered Scrambling Bamboo Dinochloa compactiflora
Timber Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides
Timor Black Bamboo Bambusa lako
Tonkin Bamboo Pseudosasa amabilis
Tonkin Cane Pseudosasa amabilis
Tortoise Shell Bamboo Phyllostachys edulis 'Heterocycla'
Tropical Black Bamboo Gigantochloa atroviolacea
Tufted Bamboo Dendrocalamus hamiltonii
Tufted Bamboo Cephalostachyum capitatum
Tinwa Bamboo Cephalostachyum pergracile
Tuld Bamboo Bambusa tulda
Umbrella Bamboo Fargesia spathacea
Umbrella Bamboo Fargesia murialiae
Unarmed Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris
Variegated Bitter Bamboo Pleioblastus variegatus
Variegated Castillon Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castilloni'
Variegated Leaf Running Bamboo Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'
Variegated Running Bamboo Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'
Velvet Leaf Bamboo Dendrocalamus brandisii
Verdant Bamboo Bambusa tuldoides
Walking-stick Bamboo Fargesia robusta
Wamin Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin'
Water Bamboo Phyllostachys heteroclada
Waya Bamboo Dendrocalamus membranaceus
Weavers Bamboo Bambusa textilis
West Bengal Bamboo Melocanna baccifera
West Java Climbing Bamboo Dinochloa scandens
West Java Clumping Bamboo Nastus elegantissimus
West Java Hollow Culmed Bamboo Gigantochloa pseudoarundinacea
West Java Pipe Bamboo Gigantochloa pseudoarundinacea
Wet Forest Bamboo Nastus borbonicus
White Striped Leaf Pleioblastus Pleioblastus variegatus 'Fortunei'
Wine Bamboo Oxytenanthera braunii
Wrinkled Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Marliacea'
Yellow Bamboo Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'
Yellow Grooved Arcana Bamboo Phyllostachys arcana 'Yellowstone'
Yellow Grooved Bamboo Phyllostachys aureosulcata
Yellow Groove Bamboo Phyllostachys aureosulcata
Zigzag Bamboo Phyllostachys flexuosa
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* More common bamboo names in a variety of languages can be found here: Sorting Bamboo Names