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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 (

TaxonSorghum halepense
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)sorghum; sorghum-grass; sorghum grass; sorghumgrass; sorgho; sorgo; broom-corn grass; broom corn grass
Species common name(s)Halepa sorghum; Halepa grass; Aleppo sorghum; Aleppo sorgho; Aleppo sorgo; Aleppo-grass; Aleppo grass; Aleppo millet-grass; Aleppo millet-grass; Aleppo millet grass; Aleppo milletgrass; Johnson's sorghum; Johnson sorghum; common Johnson-grass; common Johnson grass; common Johnsongrass; Means's grass; Means' grass; Means grass; Means-grass; Meanie grass; Syrian millet; Syria millet; Syrian grass; Syria grass; Arabian millet; Arabian millet grass; Morocco millet; evergreen millet; false Guinea-grass; false Guinea grass; false guinea-grass; false guinea grass; false guineagrass; Alabama Guinea-grass; Alabama Guinea grass; racehorse-grass; racehorse grass; Cuba grass; green valley grass; green-valley grass; green valley-grass; Green Valley grass; Green Valley-grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaChinese sugarcane, Chinese sugar-cane, Chinese sugar cane, coffee corn, Egyptian rice-corn, great millet, guinea corn are applied to multiple Sorghum taxa; Johnson grass, Johnson-grass, Johnsongrass, Australian grass, millet, Egyptian millet, Egypt millet, Indian millet, millet-grass, millet grass, milletgrass, spear-grass, speargrass, spear grass, maiden cane, maiden-cane are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; millet-grass, millet grass, milletgrass, broom-grass, broom grass, broomgrass, St Mary's grass, St Mary's-grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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