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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 (

TaxonMelica stricta
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)melica; melica-grass; melica grass; melic; melic-grass; melic grass; melicgrass
Species common name(s)rock melica; rock melic; rock melic-grass; rock melic grass; rock melicgrass; rock oniongrass; nodding onion grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxanodding melica, nodding melic, nodding melic, nodding melic-grass, nodding melic grass are applied to multiple Melica taxa; honey-grass, honey grass, honeygrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; oniongrass, onion-grass, onion grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. albicaulis Boyle; var. stricta
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