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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 patens
Family common name(s)rush; rushes
Genus common name(s)juncus; rush
Species common name(s)California gray rush; California grey rush; upright California rush; California rush grass; common California rush; grooved rush; blue-green bunch-rush; blue-green bunch rush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaspreading rush, tufted rush, gray rush, grey rush, blue-green rush, blue green rush, blue rush are applied to multiple Juncus taxa; Pacific rush is more commonly applied to Juncus effusus var. pacificus; western rush is more commonly applied to Juncus occidentalis; common rush, blue rush, California rush, bog-rush, bog rush, bogrush, rush grass, rush-grass, rushgrass, sourgrass, sour-grass, sour grass, wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian rush
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