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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 (

TaxonPleuropogon hooverianus
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)pleuropogon; semaphore-grass; semaphore grass; semaphoregrass
Species common name(s)Hoover's semaphore-grass; Hoover's semaphore grass; Hoover's semaphoregrass; Hoover semaphore-grass; Hoover semaphore grass; Hoover semaphoregrass; North Coast semaphore-grass; North Coast semaphore grass; North Coast semaphoregrass; north coast semaphore-grass; north coast semaphore grass; north coast semaphoregrass; North Coast false semaphore grass; north coast false semaphore grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaperennial semaphore grass is applied to multiple Pleuropogon taxa
NotesHoover is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Hoovers is an error
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