Sorting Chusquea names

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


Chusquea andina Phil. (Masman,OHRN)

SYNONYM(S) : Chusquea breviglumis Phil. (Masman,OHRN) , Chusquea culeou E. Desv. (GRIN)

ENGLISH : Andean weeping bamboo, Chilean bamboo.

JAPANESE : - Chusukuea kureou, - Chusukuea andina.

SPANISH : Culeú (Chile), Colihue (Chile), Coligüe (Argentina).

Chusquea argentina L. Parodi. (OHRN)

SYNONYM(S) : Chusquea argentina Parodi. (Rom)

ENGLISH : Argentina bamboo.

SPANISH : Coligüe de la pampa (Argentina), Quila (Argentina).

Chusquea bambusoides (Raddi) Hack. (GRIN)

SYNONYM(S) : Chusquea gaudichaudii Kunth (GRIN), Rettbergia bambusoides Raddi (GRIN)

ENGLISH : Brazil scrambling bamboo.

Chusquea coronalis Soderstr. & C.E. Calderón (W3TROPICOS)

ENGLISH : Costa Rican weeping bamboo.

- Chusukuea koronarisu.

SPANISH : Botoncillo, Vara de Botoncillo, Vara de Canastillo (Central America).

Picture of inflorescences at Missouri Botanical Garden, USA.


Chusquea culeou E. Desv. (GRIN) -> Chusquea andina Phil. (Masman)

Chusquea cumingii Nees.



Sinónimos: Chusquea parviflora Phil.

SPANISH : Colihue (Chile), Quila chica (Chile).

Chusquea fernandeziana Philippi (OHRN)

SYNONYM(S) : Arundo quila Molina (GRIN) ?

Chusquea gigantea J. P. Demoly

Photograph on Peter Meeuws' site (Holland).

This name not being mentioned by D. Ohrnberger appears doubtful perhaps it should be Arundo gigantea which has been transferred to Arundinaria ? or as some authors point out, it is simply a synonym of Chusquea breviglumis Phil.

Chusquea montana Phil. (OHRN)

SYNONYM(S) : Chusquea nigricans Phil. (doubtful synonym)

SPANISH : Tihuen (Argentina).

D. Ohrnberger does not mention the 2 forms of C. montana recognised in Chile. D. H. Romero who places a C.tenuiflora as a synonym of the type (ie. f. montana) does not give an author name for the botanical binomial so it may or may not be the C. tenuiflora that D. Ohrnberger classifies as a separate accepted species. On the other hand D. H. Romero places C. tenuiflora Phil. as a synonym of C. uliginosa., another separate accepted name of D. Ohrnberger.

Chusquea montana Phil. f. nigricans Phil. (Rom)

SYNONYM(S) : Chusquea nigricans Phil. (OHRN)

SPANISH : Quila enana (Chile).

Chusquea montana Phil. f. montana

SYNONYM(S) : Chusquea tenuiflora Phil. (doubtful synonym)

SPANISH : Tihuén (Argentina), Tihuén (Chile).

Chusquea quila Kunth (GRIN)

SYNONYM(S) : Arundo quila Molina (GRIN) , Chusquea valdiviensis E. Desv. (GRIN)

ENGLISH : Chilean weeping bamboo.

JAPANESE : - Chusukuea kira.

SPANISH : Quila (Argentina), Quila (Chile).


See note on Quila

Chusquea tenuiflora Phil. (OHRN)

SYNONYM(S) : Chusquea uliginosa Phil. ?

SPANISH : Quila de los ñadis (Chile), Quila chica (Chile), Taihuén (Chile).

Chusquea uliginosa Phil. (OHRN)

SYNONYM(S) : Chusquea tenuiflora Phil. ?

SPANISH : Quila de los ñadis (Chile), Quila chica (Chile), Taihuén (Chile).

Chusquea valdiviensis Phil. (OHRN)

SPANISH : Quila del sur (Chile), Quila (Chile).

General Bibliography


Complementary / Specific


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.

Romero Hernán D. 2002, Red Chilena del Bambu, Bambu en Chile, Intec, Corporación de Investigación Tecnológica y Universidad Austral de Chile. < >.

USDA, ARS, 2000, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (06 February 2001). (A number of languages, some romanised, Latin with authority names)

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).


Contributors to this page (Personal communication) : In progress.


on Chusquea

This genus still needs much sorting at the botanical level. Our limited insight into the above species raised a few questions on the synonymy of the following for example. C. parviflora Phil., C. parvifolia Phil., C. tenuiflora Phil., C. valdiviensis Phil. On the vernacular names front: few names can be found in languages other than Spanish. One thing is for sure "quila" alone cannot be relied upon except perhaps for the species which takes its epithet from this very word. Colihue / Coligüe is also a common name. These suggest that perhaps the differences between species are less than obvious. That would explain also why some experts disagree on the synonymy.


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