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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 (

TaxonCyperus esculentus var. leptostachyus
Family common name(s)sedge; sedges; bulrush
Genus common name(s)cyperus; cypress-grass; cypress grass; flat-sedge; flat sedge; flatsedge
Species common name(s)chufa flat-sedge; chufa flat sedge; chufa flatsedge; chufa umbrella-sedge; chufa umbrella sedge; chufa nut-sedge; chufa nut sedge; chufa nutsedge; chufa yellow nut-sedge; chufa yellow nut sedge; chufa yellow nutsedge; chufa nut-grass; chufa nut grass; chufa nutgrass; chufa grass; weedy yellow nut-sedge; weedy yellow nut sedge; weedy yellow nutsedge; field nut-sedge; field nut sedge; northern nut-grass; northern nut grass; northern nutgrass; edible cyperus; edible galingale; earth-almond; earth almond; rush nut; rush-nut; taboose; taboose grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxachufa, yellow nut-sedge, yellow nut sedge, yellow nutsedge, yellow nut-grass, yellow nut grass, yellow nutgrass, common nutsedge, weedy nut-sedge, weedy nut sedge weedy nutsedge, ground almond, tiger-nut, tiger nut, tigernut are applied to multiple Cyperus taxa; wild chufa, nut-sedge, nut sedge, nutsedge, umbrella sedge, umbrella-sedge, umbrellasedge, straw-sedge, straw sedge are applied to multiple Cyperaceae taxa; umbrella-plant, umbrella plant, umbrellaplant, umbrella-grass, umbrella grass, water grass, water-grass, watergrass, earth-nut, nut grass, nut-grass, nutgrass, galingale are applied to taxa in multiple families
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