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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 (

TaxonBromus carinatus var. marginatus
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)bromus; brome; brome-grass; brome grass; bromegrass; bromo; chess; chess-grass; chess grass; chessgrass
Species common name(s)California brome; California brome-grass; California brome grass; California bromegrass; Californian brome; native California brome; California keeled brome; California mountain brome; great western brome; large-flowered brome; large flowered brome
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain brome, mountain brome grass, keeled brome, tall brome, tall brome-grass, tall brome grass, tall bromegrass are applied to multiple Bromus taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcBromus marginatus Nees. ex Steud.; Bromus breviaristatus Buckley; Bromus luzonensis J. Presl; Bromus subvelutinus Shear
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