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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 porteri
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)Porter's brome; Porter's brome-grass; Porter's brome grass; Porter's bromegrass; Porter's chess; Porter brome; Porter brome-grass; Porter brome grass; Porter bromegrass; Porter chess; silky chess
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxanodding brome, nodding brome-grass, nodding brome grass, nodding bromegrass, wild chess, annual brome, annual brome-grass, annual brome grass, annual bromegrass applied to multiple Bromus taxa
NotesPorter is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcBromus anomalus Rupr. ex E. Fourn., misapplied
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