Within the National Plant Specification Bamboos are defined as woody perennials of the Gramineae (Bambuseae) family.

Each plant must be specified by giving its full botanical name.  For full details of the specification terms used in naming plants see Trees.


Over the years, the naming and classification of Bamboos has changed, resulting in many species name changes.  Whilst the latest botanical name should be specified, other synonyms are often also listed, e.g. Fargesia murieliae (syn. Arundinaria murieliae)