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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 (

TaxonPhalaris canariensis
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)phalaris; canary-grass; canary grass; canarygrass
Species common name(s)Canary Islands grass; true Canary-grass; true Canary grass; true Canarygrass; Canary grass; common canary-grass; common canary grass; common canarygrass; canary seed grass; canary-seed grass; canaryseed grass; canary-seed; canary seed; canaryseed; canary bird seed; canary birdseed; birdseed grass; bird-seed grass; bird-seed-grass; bird seed grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual canary-grass, annual canary grass, annual canarygrass, Mediterranean canary grass, Mediterranean canary-grass, Mediterranean canarygrass, gardener's garters, gardener's-garters, gardeners' garters, gardeners garters are applied to multiple Phalaris taxa
Noteswhen Canary is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
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