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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 (

TaxonBouteloua barbata var. barbata
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)bouteloua; grama; grama-grass; grama grass; gramagrass; gramma; gramma-grass; gramma grass; grammagrass
Species common name(s)low grama; low grama-grass; low grama grass; low gramma; low gramma grass; sand grama
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasix-weeks grama, six weeks grama, sixweeks grama, six-week grama, six-weeks gramma, 6-weeks grama, 6 weeks grama, annual grama are applied to multiple Bouteloua taxa; muskit grass, mesquite grass, mesquite-grass, mesquit-grass, mesquit grass, mezquite grass, mezquite-grass, mezquit-grass, muskeet grass, muskeet-grass, musquit grass, musquit-grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcBouteloua arenosa Vasey; Bouteloua polystachya (Benth.) Torr.
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