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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 gracilis
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)blue grama; blue grama-grass; blue grama grass; blue gramagrass; blue gramma; blue gramma-grass; blue gramma grass; blue grammagrass; five-spike blue grama; fivespike blue grama; graceful grama; graceful grama-grass; graceful grama grass; graceful gramma; graceful gramma-grass; graceful gramma grass; slender blue grama; white grama; low mesquite grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon grama, common grama grass, tall grama, purple grama, red grama, crow-foot grama, crowfoot grama, crowfoot grama grass are applied to multiple Bouteloua taxa; eyelash grass, muskit grass, mesquite grass, mesquite-grass, musquit grass, musquit-grass, mezquite grass, mezquite-grass, mezquit-grass, muskeet grass, muskeet-grass, musquit grass, musquit-grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; low mesquite, buffalo-grass, buffalo grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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