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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 (

TaxonBriza maxima
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)quaking-grass; quaking grass; quakinggrass; shivery grass; shaky grass; shaky-grass; blowfly grass; blow-fly grass; blow fly grass
Species common name(s)big quaking-grass; big quaking grass; big quakinggrass; large quaking-grass; large quaking grass; large quakinggrass; greater quaking-grass; greater quaking grass; greater quakinggrass; great quaking-grass; great quaking grass; great quakinggrass; large-headed quaking-grass; large-headed quaking grass; large headed quaking grass; quaking oats; giant shivery grass; quivering grass; big rattlesnake grass; large rattlesnake grass; greater rattlesnake grass; common blowfly grass; lady's heart grass; Our Lady's braids; large fairy bells
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual quaking-grass, annual quaking grass are applied to multiple Briza taxa; rattlesnake grass, rattle-snake grass, rattle-snake-grass, rattle snake grass, quake grass, quake-grass, broncho grass, broncho-grass, bronco grass, bronco-grass, broncograss, bronc grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; rattle grass, rattle-grass, fairy bells, fairybells, fairy-bells, fairy bell, fairybell, fairy-bell, Our Lady's tresses are applied to taxa in multiple families
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