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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 (

TaxonOryza sativa
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)rice; true rice
Species common name(s)common rice; cultivated rice; crop rice; weedy rice; weedy red rice; paddy rice; upland rice
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxared rice, wild red rice are applied to multiple Oryza taxa; wild rice is applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
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