Sorting Shibataea names

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



Shibataea chinensis Nakai (Bykov,GRIN,Wang)

CHINESE : Wo zhu.

ENGLISH : Chinese shibataea.


Shibataea hispida McClure (Bykov,GRIN,Wang)

CHINESE : Lu hua zhu, Mao wei zhu.

ENGLISH : Fuzzy shibataea.


Shibataea kumasaca Wrong spelling, see record and note below

Shibataea kumasasa (Steudel) Makino (Mabb,OHRN)

SYNONYM(S) : Arundinaria kumasasa Kurz (GRIN) , Bambusa kumasaca Zoll. ex Steud. (GRIN), Bambusa ruscifolia Siebold ex Munro (GRIN) , Phyllostachys ruscifolia Siebold ex Satow (GRIN) , Shibataea kumasasa (Zoll. ex Steud.) Mak. ex Nak., Shibataea kumasaca (Zollinger) Makino (Wang), Shibataea kumasasa (Zollinger) Nakai (Masman,PROSEA), Shibataea ruscifolia (Sieb.) Makino (Wang) , Shibataea kumasaca (Steudel) Makino ex Nakai (OHRN)

CHINESE : Wu ye chi, Wu mei chi, A gui chi.

ENGLISH : Kuma bamboo-grass, Okame-zasa bamboo, Kuma shibataea, Ruscus-leaved bamboo.

GERMAN : Ruscusblättriger Bambus.

JAPANESE : Bungo zasa, Gomai zasa, Okame zasa.

KOREAN : Ha gu se.

Shibataea kumasasa (Steudel) Makino 'Albostriata'

SYNONYM(S) : Shibataea kumasaca (Steudel) Makino f. albostriata Muroi & Y. Tanaka, Shibataea kumasaca (Steudel) Makino f. albovariegata Muroi & Y. Tanaka ex H. Okamura

ENGLISH : White-stripe leaf kuma bamboo.

FRENCH : Bambou nain à feuille panaché d'argent.

JAPANESE : Shirofu okame zasa, Shirosuji okame, Shirosuji okame zasa,

Shibataea kumasasa (Steudel) Makino 'Aureostriata'

SYNONYM(S) : Arundinaria aureostriata hort., ex Camus, Sasa aureostriata (Regel) E. G. Camus (GRIN) , Bambusa aureostriata Regel (GRIN) , Phyllostachys kumasasa var. aureo-striata (Regel) Makino, Shibataea kumasasa (Zollinger) Nakai 'Aureostriata', Shibataea kumasasa (Steudel) Makino 'Aureovariegata', Shibataea kumasasa (Steudel) Makino 'Gold Stripe'

ENGLISH : Gold-stripe leaf kuma bamboo, Gold stripe shibataea, Gold-stripe-leaved shibataea, Gold-variegated shibataea.

FRENCH : Bambou nain à feuilles striées d'or.

JAPANESE : Kishima okame, Shima okame zasa.


Shibataea lancifolia C. H. Hu (OHRN)

SYNONYM(S) : Shibataea lanceifolia C. H. Hu (GRIN)

ENGLISH : Lance-leaved shibataea.

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.

Masman Wim, 1995, Bamboo Names & Synonyms. European Bamboo Society. < >

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

Schroeter A.I., Panasiuk V.A. & Bykov V.A. (Editor), 1999, Dictionary of Plant Names, Koeltz Scientific Books, Germany. (Chinese - traditional, Chinese - romanised, Russian, English, Latin).

USDA, ARS, 2000, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (09 January 2001).

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).


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




On botanical name Shibataea kumasasa vs Shibataea kumasaca

This specific name is badly in need of a stabilised specific epithet. In my opinion it should be kumasasa because it is a name derived from the Japanese. Therefore either "sasa" or "zasa" are acceptable as romanisation for the rare character concerned, seldom found in Chinese dictionaries. "saca" is not even acceptable from a French perspective as it should have a ç to make the correct sound.

On Chinese common name of Shibataea kumasasa.

At the time of compiling I already had serious doubts about the character "chi2" / "shi4" of Wu ye chi. At the time of editing D. Ohrnberger threw a spanner in the work by calling this character "sa" in the specific name Wu ye sa. This is not a major problem if the correct character is shown as I believe we have, but it can be misleading when only the romanised name is given as in most non-Chinese books around the world. Any comment on the correct pinyin for this mysterious character very common in Japan and known there as sasa. I believe that either "chi" or "shi" are more likely to be correct than "sa" because that same character used in wei chi for the species Sasa veitchii makes the Chinese name sound very believably correct.

Wu ye chi = Shibataea kumasasa (Steudel) Makino

Wei chi = Sasa veitchii (Carrière) Rehder


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