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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 ciliatus
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)ciliate brome; ciliate brome-grass; ciliate brome grass; ciliate bromegrass; fringed brome-grass; fringed brome grass; fringed bromegrass; fringed chess; fringe brome; fringe brome-grass; fringe brome grass; swamp chess; swamp-chess
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafringed brome, hairy brome, hairy-brome, hairy brome-grass, hairy brome grass, nodding brome, nodding brome-grass, nodding brome grass, nodding bromegrass, soft brome, soft brome-grass, soft brome grass, wild brome-grass, wild brome grass,woodland brome, woodland brome-grass, woodland brome grass, woodland bromegrass are applied to multiple Bromus taxa
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