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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 (

TaxonMuhlenbergia californica
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)muhlenbergia; muhlenbergia grass; muhly; muhly grass; muhlygrass; muhley; muhley grass; muhleygrass; muhli; muhli grass; Muhlenberg's grass; Muhlenberg's-grass; Muhlenberg grass; Muhlenberg-grass; satin-grass; satin grass
Species common name(s)California muhlenbergia; California muhly; California muhley
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadropseed, drop-seed, drop seed, dropseed grass, drop-seed grass, drop-seed-grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
NotesCalifornia is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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