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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 (

TaxonCynodon dactylon
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)cynodon; Bermuda-grass; Bermuda grass; Bermudagrass
Species common name(s)creeping cynodon; creeping-cynodon; creeping Bermuda-grass; creeping Bermuda grass; creeping Bermudagrass; common Bermuda-grass; common Bermuda grass; common Bermudagrass; giant Bermuda-grass; giant Bermuda grass; giant Bermudagrass; European Bermuda-grass; European Bermuda grass; European Bermudagrass; Bermuda dog-tooth grass; Bermuda dog tooth grass; Bermuda devil grass; Bermuda couch grass; Bermuda scutch-grass; Bermuda scutch grass; Bermud grass; bermud grass; bermudgrass; Bahama grass; Bahama-grass; green couch grass; green couch; Indian doob; Indian doab; doob grass; doob-grass; doorba; doab grass; doab-grass; dub grass; dub-grass; dūrvā grass; coarse kweek; white quick grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaFlorida grass, Floridagrass are applied to multiple Cynodon taxa; devil's grass, devil grass, quick grass, couch grass, couch-grass, couchgrass, common couch, common couch grass, common couch-grass, common couchgrass, conch grass, conchgrass, cocksfoot-grass, cocksfoot grass, cock's-foot grass, cock's-foot-grass, cocks' foot grass, cock's-foot, cock's foot, cocksfoot, scutch grass, cane grass, dogs-tooth-grass, dog's-tooth grass, dog's tooth grass, dog-tooth grass, dogtooth grass, dogtoothgrass, black bent, Indian couch grass, Indian couch-grass, Scotch grass, scutch grass, scutch-grass, scutch, Australian couch, swamp couch, kweek, kweek grass, fingergrass, finger-grass, finger grass, landgrass, land grass, running grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; crabgrass, crab-grass, crab grass, devil's-grass, devil's grass, devil-grass, devil grass, devilgrass, devil's weed, devil's-weed, wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass, reedgrass, reed-grass, reed grass, gallito, gallitos are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesBermuda, European, Bahama are proper names, so upper case preferable
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