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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 (

TaxonAndropogon glomeratus var. pumilus
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)andropogon
Species common name(s)cluster-flowered beard-grass; cluster-flowered beard grass; cluster-flowered beardgrass; cluster-flower beard-grass; cluster-flower beard grass; clustered beard-grass; clustered beard grass; brook-grass; bushy beardsgrass; bushy broom-grass; bushy broom grass; bushy broomgrass; bushy broom-sedge; bushy broom sedge; bushy broomsedge; heavy-topped broom-grass; heavy-topped broom grass; heavy topped broom grass; heavy-top broom-grass; heavy-top broom grass; woolly broomsedge; wooly broomsedge
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon bushy bluestem is applied to multiple Andropogon glomeratus vars.; bushy bluestem, bushy blue-stem, bushy blue stem, bushy beardgrass, bushy beard-grass, bushy beard grass, bush beardgrass, bush beard-grass, bush beard grass, beardgrass, beard-grass, beard grass, bluestem, blue-stem, blue stem, bluestem grass, blue-stem grass, blue stem grass, brook grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; broom sedge, broom-sedge, broomsedge, broom-grass, broom grass, broomgrass, sedge grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian beard-grass, Indian beard grass, Indian grass
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