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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 (

TaxonFestuca subulata
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)fescue; fescue-grass; fescue grass; fescuegrass; festuce
Species common name(s)bearded nodding fescue; nodding bearded fescue; bearded fescue-grass; bearded fescue grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabearded fescue, nodding fescue are applied to multiple Festuca taxa; rescue-grass, rescue grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
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