What are taxonomic names and why are they important?

Taxonomic names, also known as scientific names, are a universal language for identifying and classifying all living things. This two-part naming system is used by botanists and horticulturists worldwide to avoid confusion that can arise from the use of common names, which can vary by region and language.

The first part of the taxonomic name is the genus, which groups together species that are closely related. The second part, known as the specific epithet, identifies the individual species within the genus. For example, in the taxonomic name Arundinaria gigantea, Arundinaria is the genus and gigantea is the specific epithet for what is commonly known as River Cane. Similarly, Indocalamus tessellatus, commonly referred to as Big Leaf, follows the same structure with Indocalamus as the genus and tessellatus as the specific epithet.

Using these names is essential when selecting bamboo because it ensures precision. Different species can have vastly different characteristics, growing conditions, and appearances, even if they share a common name. By referring to the taxonomic name, you can be confident in the bamboo’s identity, especially when considering its suitability for your climate, soil, and intended use in your garden or landscape.

Vehicle Loading & Towing Recommendations

To give you an idea of what you can carry, we typically load 25 Adult Screening Plants in a long bed pickup truck or 20 in a 6-1/2′ bed. You can get 80-85 plants on a double axle 16 foot trailer.

You will need a tailgate or ramps or need to build some elevation on the back of your trailer.

If you don’t have a tarp, we can cover the plants for you- we have successfully had plants make it to Colorado, Maryland, Michigan and Florida covered with carpet backing or “Leno.”

If you expect your order to be greater than 20 plants, please call ahead so we can be sure of availability of your particular species. We prefer to stabilize the newly dug plants for 2 weeks.