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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 decumbens
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)danthonia
Species common name(s)decumbent danthonia; decumbent heath-grass; decumbent heath grass; decumbent heathgrass; common heath-grass; common heath grass; common heathgrass; mountain heath-grass; mountain heath grass; mountain heathgrass
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
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSieglingia decumbens (L.) Bernh.
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