Sorting Melocanna names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :




Melocanna arundina C. E. Parkinson (OHRN)

SYNONYM(S) : Melocanna humilis Kurz. (GRIN,OHRN)

BURMESE : Ta bin daing wa.

FRENCH : Bambou de Birmanie, Bambou nain de Birmanie, Bambou roseau de Birmanie.

MALAY : Bambu wulu (Java, Indonesia), Buluh (Java, Indonesia).

THAI : Phai or lor.

Melocanna baccifera (Roxb.) Kurz (GRIN,PROSEA,Wang)

SYNONYM(S) : Bambusa baccifera Roxb. (GRIN,PROSEA), Melocanna baccifera Skeels (IPNI), Melocanna bambusoides Trin. (GRIN,PROSEA), Nastus baccifera Ras. (Masman)

ASSAMESE : Tavai (as Bambusa baccifera), Wati.

BENGALI : Bish, Metungaa, Mulii (Muli), Paiyya, Payu tullu.

BURMESE : Kayinwa, Ta bin daing wa, Tabinwa ?

CHINESE : Li zhu, Li guo zhu (Taiwan).

ENGLISH : Pear bamboo, Berry bamboo, Muli, Muli bamboo, Terai bamboo.

FRENCH : Bambou de Birmanie à fruit comestible.

HINDI : Mautak, Taadii , Tarai, Tari.

OTHERS (unid) : Philim bans, Lahure bans, Mautak, Payu tullu, Watri.


Photograph of fruits by Hans Erken at Earthcare Enterprises.

Melocanna humilis Kurz. (GRIN,OHRN) -> Melocanna arundina C. E. Parkinson (OHRN)

Melocanna humilis Roep.ex Trin. (IPNI,OHRN) -> Bambusa humilis Reichenbach ex Steudel (OHRN)

Melocanna virgata Munro (OHRN) -> Cephalostachyum virgatum (Munro) Kurz (OHRN,PROSEA)

General Bibliography


Complementary / Specific


Alam M. K. 1995, Melocanna baccifera (Roxb.) Kurz. In : Dransfield S. & Widjaja E. A. (Editors), Plant Resources of South-East Asia, N.7, Bamboos. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden. pp. 126 - 129.

EURODICAUTOM, On-line Technical Dictionary in 12 languages provided by the European Commission < > (Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Latin with authority names)

Mabberley D.J. 1997, The Plant-Book : a Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, 2d Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Ohrnberger D. (Dieter), 1999, The Bamboos of the World, Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

USDA, ARS, 2000, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (17 February 2001). (A number of languages, some romanised, Latin with authority names)

Wang Zongxun et al. 1996, A New Latin, Chinese, English Botanical Nomenclature. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany. Aviation Industry Publisher, Beijing.

Wiersema J. H. & León B. 1999, World Economic Plants : a Standard Reference. CRC Press LLC.

Xie Zongwa & Yu Youqin (Editors), 1996, Materia Medica, Chinese Terminology, Vol. 1, Renminweisheng Publishing House Beijing, China. (Latin with authority names and Chinese-simplified, text in Chinese).


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