Directory       News       Site Map       Home

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 ensifolius
Family common name(s)rush; rushes
Genus common name(s)juncus; rush
Species common name(s)ensifoliate rush; dagger-leaved rush; dagger leaved rush; dagger-leafed rush; dagger-leaf rush; dagger leaf rush; daggerleaf rush; daggar rush; ensiform rush; three-stamened rush; three stamened rush; three-stamen rush; three stamen rush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasword-leaved rush, sword leaved rush, swordleaved rush, sword-leaf rush, sword leaf rush, swordleaf rush, tufted rush, rhizomatous rush are applied to multiple Juncus taxa; iris-leaved rush, iris leaved rush, iris-leafed rush, iris leafed rush are more commonly applied to Juncus xiphioides; 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
  Copyright © 2017 Regents of the University of California — Updated 02 June 2017