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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 (

TaxonBriza minor
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)quaking-grass; quaking grass; quakinggrass; shivery grass; shaky grass; shaky-grass; blowfly grass; blow-fly grass; blow fly grass
Species common name(s)little quaking-grass; little quaking grass; little quakinggrass; littlequakinggrass; small quaking-grass; small quaking grass; small quakinggrass; lesser quaking-grass; lesser quaking grass; lesser quakinggrass; little rattlesnake grass; small rattlesnake grass; little rattlesnake grass; lesser rattlesnake grass; small shivery grass; lesser shivery grass; little fairy bells
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual quaking-grass, annual quaking grass are applied to multiple Briza taxa; shiver grass, rattlesnake grass, rattle-snake grass, rattle-snake-grass, rattle snake grass, quake grass, quake-grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; rattle grass, rattle-grass, fairy bells, fairybells, fairy-bells, fairy bell, fairybell, fairy-bell are applied to taxa in multiple families
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