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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 (

TaxonEleocharis geniculata
Family common name(s)sedge; sedges; bulrush
Genus common name(s)spike-rush; spike rush; spikerush; spiked-rush; spiked rush
Species common name(s)geniculate spike-rush; bent spike-rush; bent spikerush; knee spike-rush; knee spike rush; segmented spikerush; clustered spike-rush; clustered spikerush; Canada spike-sedge; Canada spike sedge; Canada spikesedge; pantropic spike-rush; pantropic spike rush; pantropic spikerush; Caribbean spike-rush; Caribbean spike rush; Caribbean spikerush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacapitate spike-rush, capitate spike rush, capitate spikerush, annual spike-rush, annual spikerush are applied to multiple Eleocharis taxa; spike-sedge, spike sedge, spikesedge are applied to Eleocharis s.l.; wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCanada, Caribbean are proper names, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcEleocharis caribaea (Rottb√∏ll) S. F. Blake
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