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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 (

TaxonCarex athrostachya
Family common name(s)sedge; sedges; bulrush
Genus common name(s)carex; sedge; sedge-grass; sedge grass; sedgegrass; shere-grass; shere grass
Species common name(s)slender-beaked sedge; slender beaked sedge; slenderbeaked sedge; slender-beak sedge; slender beak sedge; slenderbeak sedge; jointed-spike sedge; jointed spike sedge; joint-spike sedge; jointed-head sedge
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalong-bracted sedge, slender-leaved sedge, slender leaved sedge, small sedge, beaked sedge is applied to multiple Carex taxa; jointed spike sedge is applied to multiple Cyperaceae taxa; sword-grass, sword grass, sedge grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (pejorative or derogatory): nigger-wool, nigger wool, niggerwool
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