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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 strigosus
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)strigose cyperus; srtigose flat-sedge; strigose flatsedge; strigose nutsedge; strigose sedge; strigose-spiked cyperus; straw-colored cyperus; straw colored cyperus; straw-colored flat-sedge; straw-colored flat sedge; straw colored flat sedge; straw-colored flatsedge; straw colored flatsedge; strawcolored flat-sedge; strawcolored flat sedge; strawcolored flatsedge; straw-colored umbrella-sedge; straw-colored umbrella sedge; straw-coloured umbrella-sedge; straw-coloured umbrella sedge; straw-color flat-sedge; straw-color flat sedge; straw color flat sedge; strawcolor flat-sedge; straw-color flatsedge; straw color flatsedge; strawcolor flatsedge; straw cyperus; straw flat-sedge; false nut-sedge; false nut sedge; false nutsedge; false nut-grass; false nutgrass; false nutseed; bristle-spiked galingale; bristle-spike galingale; long-scaled nut-sedge; long-scaled nut sedge; long-scaled nutsedge; lank galingale; Hansen's cyperus
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaumbrella flat-sedge, umbrella flat sedge, umbrella flatsedge are applied to multiple Cyperus taxa; straw-colored sedge, straw colored sedge, straw-color sedge, straw color 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, ground-moss are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesHansen is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Hansens is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCyperus hanseni Britton
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