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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 (

TaxonCynosurus echinatus
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)dogstail grass; dogtail-grass
Species common name(s)hedge-hog dog-tail; hedgehog dog-tail; hedgehog dog tail; hedgehog dogtail; hedgehogdogstail; hedgehog dog-tail grass; hedgehog dog tail grass; hedgehog dogtail-grass; hedgehog dogtail grass; hedgehog dogtailgrass; hedge-hog dog's-tai; hedgehog dog's-tail; hedgehog dog's tail; hedgehog dogstail; hedgehog bristly dogtail; bristly dog-tail grass; bristly dogtail grass; bristly dog's-tail; bristly dogstail; bristly dog's-tail grass; bristly dog's tail grass; bristly dogstail grass; dogtail bristlegrass; introduced dogtail bristlegrass; rough dogtail; rough dogtail-grass; rough dogtail grass; rough dog's-tail; rough dog's tail; rough dogstail; rough dog's-tail grass; long-awned dog's-tail grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual dogtail, annual dog-tail are applied to multiple Cynosurus taxa; dog grass, dog-grass, dog's-tail, dog's tail, dogtail, dog-tail grass, dog tail grass, dog's tail grass, dog's-tail grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
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