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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 virgata
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)chloris
Species common name(s)feather finger-grass; feather finger grass; feather fingergrass; feather finger; featherfinger; feather windmill-grass; feather windmill grass; feather windmillgrass; feather-top chloris; feathertop chloris; feather-top Rhodes-grass; feather-top Rhodes grass; feathertop Rhode-grass; feathertop Rhodes grass; feathertop Rhodesgrass; feathery Rhodes-grass; feathery Rhodes grass; feathered chloris; silky chloris; silky fingergrass; showy chloris; showy windmill-grass; showy windmill grass; showy windmillgrass; oldland grass; woolly-top Rhodes-grass; woolly-top Rhodes grass; five-finger windmill-grass; five-finger windmillgrass; zacate de cinco dedos; zacate pluma
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafingergrass, finger-grass, finger grass, windmill-grass, windmill grass, windmillgrass, feathertop, feather-top, feather top are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; sweetgrass, sweet-grass, sweet grass; umbrella-grass, umbrella grass, star-grass, star grass, stargrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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