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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 (

TaxonPoa douglasii
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)poa; blue-grass; blue grass; bluegrass; bleu-grass; bleu grass; bleugrass; rispengrass; rispengras
Species common name(s)Douglas's blue-grass; Douglas's blue grass; Douglas's bluegrass; Douglas' blue-grass; Douglas' blue grass; Douglas' bluegrass; Douglas blue-grass; Douglas blue grass; Douglas bluegrass; maritime blue-grass; maritime blue grass; maritime bluegrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabeach bluegrass, beach blue grass, dune bluegrass, sand-dune bluegrass, sand dune blue grass, sand bluegrass, sand blue-grass, sand blue grass, seashore bluegrass, seashore blue grass are applied to multiple Poa taxa; meadow grass, meadow-grass, meadowgrass, bunch grass, bunch-grass, bunchgrass, spear-grass, spear grass, speargrass, June-grass, June grass, Junegrass, june-grass, june grass, junegrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
NotesDouglas is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Dougla's is an error
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