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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 (

TaxonBouteloua eriopoda
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)bouteloua; grama; grama-grass; grama grass; gramagrass; gramma; gramma-grass; gramma grass; grammagrass
Species common name(s)black grama; black grama grass; black gramagrass; black gramma; black gramma grass; woolly-jointed grama; woolly jointed grama; woolly-joint grama; wooly grama; woolly-foot grama; woolly foot grama
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon grama, common grama grass are applied to multiple Bouteloua taxa; muskit grass, mesquite grass, mesquite-grass, mesquit-grass, mesquit grass, mezquite grass, mezquite-grass, mezquit-grass, muskeet grass, muskeet-grass, musquit grass, musquit-grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; woolly-foot, woolly foot are applied to taxa in multiple families
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