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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 (

TaxonBromus squarrosus
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)bromus; brome; brome-grass; brome grass; bromegrass; bromo; chess; chess-grass; chess grass; chessgrass
Species common name(s)squarrose brome; corn brome; corn brome-grass; corn brome grass; corn bromegrass; one-way brome; one-way chess; open-awned brome-grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafield brome, field brome-grass, field brome grass, field bromegrass, nodding brome, nodding brome-grass, nodding brome grass, nodding bromegrass, rough brome, rough brome-grass, rough grass, rough bromegrass, annual brome, annual brome-grass, annual brome grass, annual bromegrass, weedy brome, weedy brome grass, weedy bromegrass, cheatgrass, cheat-grass, cheat grass, cheat are applied to multiple Bromus taxa
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