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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 (

TaxonEleusine indica
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)eleusine
Species common name(s)Indian eleusine; Indian goosegrass; Indian goose-grass; Indian goose grass; India goosegrass; India goose-grass; India goose grass; silver crabgrass; rapoko grass; ox grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacrowfoot grass, crowfoot-grass, crowfootgrass, crow-foot grass, crow foot grass, crowsfoot grass, crow's-foot grass, crow's foot grass, 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, crop grass, landgrass, land grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; goose grass, goose-grass, goosegrass, crabgrass, crab-grass, crab grass, wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass, yard grass, yard-grass, yardgrass, crowfoot, crow-foot, crow foot, crow's foot, crowsfoot are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesIndia, Indian are proper names, so upper case preferable
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