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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 (

TaxonDanthonia californica
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)danthonia
Species common name(s)California danthonia; California oat-grass; California oat grass; California oatgrass; California wild-oat-grass; California wild oat-grass; California wild oat grass; California wild oatgrass; Californian oat-grass; Californian oat grass; Californian oatgrass
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsAmerican wild oat-grass [var. americana]; American oatgrass [var. americana]; wild American oat grass [var. americana]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaoatgrass, oat-grass, oat grass, wild oat grass, wild oat-grass, wild oatgrass, wild oats grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
NotesAmerican, California are proper names, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. americana (Scribn.) Hitchc.; var. californica
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