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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 (

TaxonZizania palustris var. interior
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)wild-rice; wildrice; American rice; marsh rice; water oats; water-oats
Species common name(s)northern wild-rice; northern wild rice; northern wildrice; common wild-rice; common wildrice; slender wild rice
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual wild-rice, annual wild rice are applied to multiple Zizania taxa; wild rice, common wild rice, marsh rice, wild oats are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian rice, Indian-rice, Indian wild rice; not recommended (possibly pejorative or derogatory): squaw rice
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