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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 (

TaxonJuncus acuminatus
Family common name(s)rush; rushes
Genus common name(s)juncus; rush
Species common name(s)acuminate rush; sharp-fruited rush; sharp fruited rush; sharpfruited rush; sharp-fruit rush; sharpfruit rush; sharp-pointed rush; sharp-point rush; taper-tipped rush; taper-tip rush; taper tip rush; tapertip rush; taper-tipped needlerush; taper-tipped needle-rush; taper-tipped needle rush; tapered rush; tapered-tip rush; knotty-leaved rush; knotty-leaf rush; knot-leaved rush; knot-leaf rush; knotleaf rush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatufted rush, narrow rush are applied to multiple Juncus taxa; bog-rush, bog rush, bogrush, sourgrass, sour-grass, sour grass, wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass, rush grass, rush-grass, rushgrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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