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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 (

TaxonGlyceria borealis
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)glyceria; mana grass
Species common name(s)boreal glyceria; boreal manna-grass; boreal manna grass; boreal mannagrass; northern float-grass; small floating-manna-grass; small-floating manna-grass; small floating manna-grass; small floating manna grass; small floating mannagrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafloat grass, float-grass, floatgrass, northern glyceria, northern mannagrass, northern manna-grass, northern manna grass, slender manna grass are applied to multiple Glyceria taxa; manna grass, manna-grass, manna grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; sweetgrass, sweet-grass, sweet grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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