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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 (

TaxonEleocharis acicularis var. occidentalis
Family common name(s)sedge; sedges; bulrush
Genus common name(s)spike-rush; spike rush; spikerush; spiked-rush; spiked rush
Species common name(s)needle spike-rush; needle spike rush; needle spikerush; needle spike-sedge; needle spikesedge; needle spiked sedge; least spike-rush; least spike rush; least spikerush; hair club-rush; turf spikerush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaslender spike-rush, slender spike rush, slender spikerush, dwarf hairgrass, little spike-rush, little spikerush are applied to multiple Eleocharis taxa; club-rush, club rush, clubrush, spike-sedge, spike sedge, spikesedge are applied to Eleocharis s.l.; wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass, hairgrass, hair-grass, hair grass applied taxa in multiple families
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