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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 (

TaxonCenchrus echinatus
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)cenchrus; sand spur; sandbur grass; sandbur-grass; sand-bur grass; sand bur grass; sandburgrass; sand-burr grass; sand burr grass; sandburr-grass; sandburr grass; grass-bur; grass bur; grassbur; grass-burr; grass burr; grassburr
Species common name(s)Mossman River burr-grass; Mossman River burr grass; Mossman river burr-grass; Mossman river burr grass; Mossman River burr; Mossman burr grass; Mossman River grass; Mossman river grass; Mossman rivergrass; Mossman grass; southern sandspur; southern sandbur-grass; southern sandbur grass; southern grass-bur; southern grass bur; southern grassbur; southern grass-burr; southern grass burr; southern grassburr
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasouthern sandbur, southern sand-bur, southern sandburr, common sandbur, common sandburr, field sandbur, spiny burr-grass, spiny burr grass, spiny burrgrass, innocent weed, innocent-weed, innocent weed grass are applied to multiple Cenchrus taxa; bur-grass, bur grass, burgrass, burr-grass, burr grass, burrgrass, hedgehog grass, hedgehog-grass, hedge-hog grass, golden grass, river grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; sand burr, sand-burr, sandburr, sand bur, sand-bur, sandbur, sandspur applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesMossman is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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