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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 fatua
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)avena; oat; oats
Species common name(s)common wild oat; common wildoat; common wild oats; common wildoats; spring wild oat; spring wild-oat; fat oat; fat wild oat; wheat oat; wheat oats; potato oat; potato oats; poor oat; poor oats; flaxgrass; flax-grass; flax grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon oat, common oats, wild oat, wild-oat, wildoat, wild oats, wild-bearded oat, bearded wild oat, Tartarian oat, Tartarian oats, Tartarean oat, black oat, black oats, haver-corn, havercorn are applied to multiple Avena taxa; oatgrass, oat-grass, oat grass, haver, haver grass, wheatgrass, wheat-grass, wheat grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; wildoats, pin-grass, pin grass, pingrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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