Working out - BURMESE - Bamboo names


The problem with Burmese names is that one either comes across Burmese without romanisation or romanised names without Burmese scripts. As long as these names are accompanied with botanical names, we can use them. All others have to be disregarded. The notes below relate to the process of working out either the original script from a usually very bad romanisation or getting the correct romanisation on the Burmese. The combinations that we hope have been sorted can be found in the Burmese index.


The following romanised names need to be transcribed into Burmese.


Bong (Shan) -> Bambusa tulda Roxb.

Cha kat wa -> Bambusa arundinacea (Retz.) Willd.

Gya wa -> Neohouzeaua dullooa (Gamble) A. Camus

Gya wa -> Bambusa pallida Munro

Kale o (Karen) -> Melocalamus compactiflorus (Kurz) Benth.

Kamyin wa -> Dendrochloa distans C. E. Parkinson

Katau (Kachin) -> Pseudostachyum polymorphum Munro

Kya kat wa -> Bambusa arundinacea (Retz.) Willd.

Kyat wa -> Cephalostachyum burmanicum R. N. Parker & C. E. Parkinson

Kya lo wa -> Dendrocalamus brandisii (Munro) Kurz

Kya thaung tu thaiktu -> Bambusa kyathanngtu Brandis ex Camus

Kya thaung wa -> Bambusa polymorpha Munro

Kyaung wa -> Thyrsostachys siamensis Gamble

Mai he -> Thyrsostachys oliveri Gamble

Mai hiar -> Cephalostachyum virgatum (Munro) Kurz

Mai lai law (Shan) -> Dendrocalamus membranaceus Munro

Mai pang -> Cephalostachyum pergracile Munro

Mai pang puk (Shan) -> Phyllostachys mannii Gamble

Mai pao (Shan) -> Thyrsostachys oliveri Gamble

Mai sa lawn (Shan) -> Bambusa polymorpha Munro

Mai sa lawn (Shan) -> Thyrsostachys oliveri Gamble

Mai sang (Shan) -> Dendrocalamus membranaceus Munro

Mai tiyo (Shan) -> Thyrsostachys siamensis Gamble

Mai tong (Kachin) -> Thyrsostachys oliveri Gamble

Mep we (Karen) -> Phyllostachys mannii Gamble

Myin wa -> Dendrocalamus longifimbriatus Gamble

Myin wa -> Dendrocalamus strictus (Roxb.) Nees

Na chin wa -> Melocalamus compactiflorus (Kurz) Benth.

Nga chat wa -> Bambusa binghamii Gamble

Pa lau pinan wa -> Bambusa multiplex (Lour.) Raeusch. ex Schult. & Schult. f.

Pauk wa -> Pseudostachyum polymorphum Munro

Sedan (Shan) -> Phyllostachys mannii Gamble

Sinthana -> Bambusa sinthana Brandis ex Camus

Tabin daing wa -> Melocanna arundina C. E. Parkinson

Tabin daing wa -> Bambusa villosula Kurz

Talagu wa -> Dendrocalamus longispathus (Kurz) Kurz

Talaku wa -> Gigantochloa auriculata (Kurz) Kurz

Tamyin wa -> Dendrochloa distans C. E. Parkinson

Tapat wa (Karen) -> Neohouzeaua stricta R. N. Parker

Thabut wa -> Neohouzeaua stricta R. N. Parker

Thaik wa -> Bambusa burmanica Gamble

Thaik wa -> Bambusa tulda Roxb.

Thaik wa bo -> Neohouzeaua dullooa (Gamble) A. Camus

Thaik wa bo -> Bambusa kingiana Gamble

Thaik wa gyi -> Bambusa burmanica Gamble

Thalaw wa -> Bambusa thalaw-wa Brandis ex Camus

Thana wa -> Thyrsostachys oliveri Gamble

Thaw wkhwe (Karen) -> Neohouzeaua helferi (Munro) Gamble

Thaw hkai (Karen) -> Neohouzeaua helferi (Munro) Gamble

Thishe -> Bambusa affinis Munro

Tin wa -> Cephalostachyum pergracile Munro

Tiyo wa -> Thyrsostachys siamensis Gamble

Ura (Kachin) -> Dendrocalamus calostachyus (Kurz) Kurz

Ura (Kachin) -> Dendrocalamus latiflorus Munro

Ura (Kachin) -> -> Thyrsostachys oliveri Gamble

Usawi -> Melocalamus compactiflorus (Kurz) Benth.

Wa ba -> Cephalostachyum virgatum (Munro) Kurz

Wa bue (Karen) -> Bambusa affinis Munro

Wa byauk -> Neohouzeaua dullooa (Gamble) A. Camus

Wa do -> Gigantochloa apus (Schult. & Schult. f.) Kurz

Wa gya -> Bambusa copelandii Gamble ex Brandis

Wa keur (Karen) -> Bambusa burmanica Gamble

Wa khlu (Karen) -> Dendrocalamus brandisii (Munro) Kurz

Wa khu (Karen) -> Bambusa tulda Roxb.

Wa me -> Bambusa marginata Munro

Wa min -> Bambusa vulgaris Schrad. ex J.C. Wendl. 'Wamin'

Wa min (Karen) -> Bambusa villosula Kurz

Wa mu (Karen) -> Dendrocalamus membranaceus Munro

Wa myin -> Dendrocalamus longifimbriatus Gamble

Wa myin -> Bambusa griffithiana Munro

Wa ni -> Dendrocalamus latiflorus Munro

Wa nwe -> Neohouzeaua helferi (Munro) Gamble

Wa nwe -> Melocalamus compactiflorus (Kurz) Benth.

Wa nwe kok -> Melocalamus compactiflorus (Kurz) Benth.

Wa pado -> Gigantochloa apus (Schult. & Schult. f.) Kurz

Wa phlong -> Cephalostachyum pergracile Munro

Wa pyaw -> Dendrocalamus longifimbriatus Gamble

Wa pyu -> Dendrocalamus brandisii (Munro) Kurz

Wa pyu -> Dendrocalamus membranaceus Munro

Wa pyu kale -> Pseudoxytenanthera albociliata (Munro) Nguyen

Wa pyu san -> Bambusa oliveriana Gamble

Wa ra (Kachin) -> Dendrocalamus calostachyus (Kurz) Kurz

Wa ra (Kachin) -> Dendrocalamus latiflorus Munro

Wa ra (Kachin) -> Bambusa griffithiana Munro

Wa se -> Neohouzeaua helferi (Munro) Gamble

Wa su (Karen) -> Bambusa tulda Roxb.

Wa thabut -> Neohouzeaua helferi (Munro) Gamble

Wa thabut -> Bambusa marginata Munro

Wa ther -> Bambusa burmanica Gamble

Wa tho -> Gigantochloa apus (Schult. & Schult. f.) Kurz

Wa ya -> Dendrocalamus longispathus (Kurz) Kurz

Wa zun -> Neohouzeaua dullooa (Gamble) A. Camus




The above list includes words in the three main languages spoken in Burma / Myanmar : Burmese, Karen and Shan and a "dialect" from the State of Kachin, north of Burma.





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