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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 (

TaxonAvena barbata
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)avena; oat; oats
Species common name(s)slender wild oat; slender wildoat; slender wild oats; slender wildoats; slender oat; slender oats; slim oat; slim oats; bearded oat; bearded oats; barbed oat; barbed oats; beard oats; wild beard oats
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaavena loca, wild oat, wild-oat, wildoat, wild oats, wild-bearded oat, bearded wild oat are applied to multiple Avena taxa; oatgrass, oat-grass, oat grass, wheatgrass, wheat-grass, wheat grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; wildoats is applied to taxa in multiple families
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