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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 (

TaxonDeschampsia danthonioides
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)deschampsia; descampsia grass
Species common name(s)annual deschampsia; vernal pool deschampsia; vernal pool hair-grass; vernal pool hairgrass; annual wetland hairgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual hairgrass, annual hair-grass, annual hair grass, tussock-grass, tussock grass, tussockgrass applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; hairgrass, hair-grass, hair grass applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAira danthonioides Trin.
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