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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 (

TaxonCarex stipata var. stipata
Family common name(s)sedge; sedges; bulrush
Genus common name(s)carex; sedge; sedge-grass; sedge grass; sedgegrass; shere-grass; shere grass
Species common name(s)stipitate sedge; saw-beaked sedge; saw beaked sedge; sawbeaked sedge; saw-beak sedge; saw beak sedge; sawbeak sedge; awl-fruit sedge; awl fruit sedge; awlfruit sedge; awl sedge; owl-fruited sedge; owl-fruit sedge; owl fruit sedge; owlfruit sedge; stalk-grain sedge; stalk grain sedge; stalkgrain sedge; stipitate sedge
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaawl-fruited sedge, awl fruited sedge, prickly sedge, prickley sedge, common fox sedge, common fox-sedge, fox sedge, fox-sedge, beaked sedge, stalk sedge, crowded sedge, sawtooth sedge are applied to multiple Carex taxa; sword-grass, sword grass, sedge grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (pejorative or derogatory): nigger-wool, nigger wool, niggerwool
Notesstipiate is an error
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