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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 (

TaxonSphenopholis obtusata
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)sphenopholis; wedge-grass; wedge grass; wedgegrass; early bunch-grass; early bunch grass; early bunchgrass
Species common name(s)obtuse sphenopholis; blunt spenopholis; blunt-scaled sphenopholis; blunt-scaled eatonia; blunt scaled eatonia; blunt-scaled Eaton's grass; blunt-scaled Eaton grass; blunt-scaled grass; blunt scaled grass; blunt-scale sphenopholis; blunt-scale eatonia; blunt-scale grass; truncated koeleria; truncate koeleria; prairie sphenopholis; prairie wedgegrass; prairie wedge-grass; prairie wedge grass; prairie wedgescale; prairie wedge-scale; prairie wedge scale; common wedge-grass; common wedge grass; common wedgegrass; early eatonia; early Eaton's grass; early Eaton grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaprairie grass, prairie-grass, prairie bunch grass, bunch grass, bunch-grass, bunchgrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; wedgescale, wedge-scale, wedge scale are applied to taxa in multiple families
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