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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 praegracilis
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)deer-bed sedge; deer bed sedge; slim sedge; clustered field sedge; clustered field-sedge; clustered-field sedge; California field sedge; western meadow sedge; black creeper sedge; blackcreeper sedge; freeway sedge; expressway sedge; highway sedge; tollway sedge; verge sedge
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagraceful sedge, slender sedge, very slender sedge, field sedge, meadow sedge, California meadow sedge, common sedge are applied to multiple Carex 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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