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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 (

TaxonEleusine coracana subsp. africana
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)eleusine
Species common name(s)finger-millet; finger millet; Indian finger-millet; Indian finger millett; koracan; tailabon; ragi
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamillet, crowfoot grass, crowfoot-grass, crowfootgrass, crow-foot grass, crow foot grass, crowsfoot grass, crow's-foot grass, crow's foot grass crowsfoot grass, crow's-foot grass, crow's foot grass, landgrass, land grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; yard grass, yard-grass, yardgrass, goose grass, goose-grass, goosegrass, crabgrass, crab-grass, crab grass, cultivated millet are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcEleusine indica (L.) Gaertn. subsp. africana (Kenn.-O'Byrne) S.M. Phillips
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