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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 (

TaxonScirpus cyperinus
Family common name(s)sedge; sedges; bulrush
Genus common name(s)scirpus
Species common name(s)common wool-grass; common wool grass; common woolgrass; wool-grass bulrush; wool grass bulrush; woolgrass bulrush; wool-grass sedge; wool grass sedge; woolgrass sedge; woolly-grass bulrush; wooly-grass bulrush; woolly grass bulrush; woollygrass bulrush; woolygrass bulrush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawoolly bulrush, wooly bulrush, cottongrass bulrush, red cotton-grass, red cotton grass are applied to multiple Scirpus taxa; bulrush, bullrush, bull-rush, bull rush, cotton-grass, cotton grass, cottongrass, wool-grass, wool grass, woolgrass, woollygrass, woolygrass, woolly grass, wooly grass, deergrass, deer-grass, deer grass, grassweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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