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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 (

TaxonChloris gayana
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)chloris
Species common name(s)common Rhodes-grass; common Rhodes grass; introduced Rhodes-grass; ntroduced Rhodes grass; Rhodes-grass; Rhodes grass; Rhodesgrass; Gayana windmill-grass; Gayana windmill grass; hunyani-grass; hunyanigrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafingergrass, finger-grass, finger grass, windmill-grass, windmill grass, windmillgrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; umbrella-grass, umbrella grass, star-grass, star grass, stargrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesRhodes is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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