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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 (

TaxonCrypsis alopecuroides
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)crypsis
Species common name(s)fox-tail prickle-grass; fox-tail prickle grass; fox tail prickle grass; foxtail prickle-grass; foxtail prickle grass; fox-tail pricklegrass; fox tail pricklegrass; foxtail pricklegrass; fox-tail timothy; fox tail timothy; foxtail timothy; tall prickle grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapricklegrass, prickle-grass, prickle grass, timothy, false foxtail, wild timothy, timothy are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
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