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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 (

TaxonSecale cereale
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)secale; rye; cultivated rye
Species common name(s)cultivated annual rye; common cultivated rye; cultivated cereal rye; cereal rye; annual cereal rye; common cereal rye; cereal crop rye; crop rye; grain rye; forage rye; grazing rye; feral rye; volunteer rye
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain rye is applied to multiple Secale taxa; common rye, rye-grass, rye grass, ryegrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
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