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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 (

TaxonJuncus phaeocephalus var. phaeocephalus
Family common name(s)rush; rushes
Genus common name(s)juncus; rush
Species common name(s)brown-headed rush; brown headed rush; brownheaded rush; brown-head rush; brown head rush; brownhead rush; brown-headed creeping rush; brown headed creeping rush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadark-headed rush is applied to multiple Juncus taxa; iris-leaved rush, iris leaved rush, iris-leafed rush, iris leafed rush are more commonly applied to Juncus xiphioides; brown-fruited rush is more commonly applied to Juncus pelocarpus; bog-rush, bog rush, bogrush, sourgrass, sour-grass, sour grass, wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass, rush grass, rush-grass, rushgrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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