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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 (

TaxonCyperus acuminatus
Family common name(s)sedge; sedges; bulrush
Genus common name(s)cyperus; cypress-grass; cypress grass; flat-sedge; flat sedge; flatsedge
Species common name(s)acuminate flat-sedge; acuminate flatsedge; taper-tipped cyperus; taper-tip flat-sedge; taper-tip flat sedge; taper tip flat sedge; tapertip flat-sedge; tapertip flat sedge; taper-tip flatsedge; tapertip flatsedge; short-pointed cyperus; short pointed cyperus; short-pointed flat-sedge; short-pointed flat sedge; short-pointed flatsedge; short-pointed umbrella-sedge; short pointed umbrella sedge; short-point cyperus; short-point flat-sedge; short point flat-sedge; short-point flat sedge; short-point flatsedge; shortpoint flatsedge; short-point umbrella-sedge; taper-leaf flat-sedge; taper-leaf flatsedge; taper-leaf sedge; taperleaf sedge; tape-leaf flat-sedge; tape-leaf flatsedge; tapeleaf flatsedge; pale umbrella-sedge
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxanut-sedge, nut sedge, nutsedge, umbrella sedge, umbrella-sedge, umbrellasedge are applied to multiple Cyperaceae taxa; umbrella-plant, umbrella plant, umbrellaplant, umbrella-grass, umbrella grass, nut grass, nut-grass, nutgrass, galingale are applied to taxa in multiple families
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