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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 (

TaxonApera interrupta
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)apera; silky-bent; silky bent; silkybent; silky-bentgrass; silky bentgrass; silky-bent-grass; silky bent-grass; silky bent grass
Species common name(s)interupted apera; interrupted bent-grass; interrupted bent grass; interrupted bentgrass; interrupted wind-grass; interrupted wind grass; interrupted windgrass; interrupted grass; dense silky-bent; dense silky bent; dense silkybent; dense silky-bent-grass; dense silky bent-grass; dense silky bent grass; dense silky bentgrass; Italian sandgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawindgrass, wind-grass, wind grass, bentgrass, bent-grass, bent grass, bent are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
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