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Common (vernacular) names applied to California vascular plants

compiled by Elizabeth Painter

up to date as of May 1, 2016

Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (

TaxonAnthoxanthum odoratum
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)vernal-grass; vernal grass; vernalgrass; vanilla-grass; vanilla grass; vanillagrass; holy grass; holy-grass; holygrass
Species common name(s)sweet vernal-grass; sweet vernal grass; sweet vernalgrass; introduced sweet vernal-grass; introduced sweet vernal grass; introduced sweet vernalgrass; perennial sweet vernal-grass; perennial sweet vernal grass; perennial sweet vernalgrass; sweet-scented vernal-grass; sweet-scented vernal grass; scented vernal-grass; scented vernal grass; scented vernalgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual sweet vernalgrass is applied to multiple Anthoxanthum taxa; vfine-top grass, fine top grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; sweetgrass, sweet-grass, sweet grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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