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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 (

TaxonCinna latifolia
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)woodreed; wood-reed; wood reed-grass; wood reed grass; woodreed grass; woodreedgrass
Species common name(s)broad-leaved wood-reed; broad-leaved wood reed; broad-leaved wood-reed grass; broad-leaved woodreed; broad-leaved wood reed grass; broad-leaf wood reed-grass; drooping wood-reed; drooping wood reed; drooping woodreed; drooping wood-reed grass; drooping wood reed grass; drooping wood reedgrass; drooping woodreedgrass; drooping reed-grass; drooping reed grass; drooping reedgrass; slender wood-reed; slender wood reed; slender woodreed; slender wood-reedgrass; slender wood reedgrass; slender wood reed-grass; slender wood reed grass; northern wood-reed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasweet reed-grass, sweet reed grass, sweet reedgrass, slender reed grass, slender reedgrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; reedgrass, reed-grass, reed grass are applied are to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: slender Indian reed
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