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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 (

TaxonEleocharis macrostachya
Family common name(s)sedge; sedges; bulrush
Genus common name(s)spike-rush; spike rush; spikerush; spiked-rush; spiked rush
Species common name(s)longstem spike-rush; longstem spike rush; longstem spikerush; long-stem spike-sedge; longstem spike-sedge; longstem spike sedge
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalong-stem spike-rush, longstem spikesedge, large spikerush, pale spike-rush, pale spike rush, pale spikerush, pale spike-sedge, pale spike sedge, pale spikesedge, common spike-rush, common spike rush, common spikerush, common spike-sedge, common spikesedge, creeping spikerush, creeping spike-rush, creeping spike rush are applied to multiple Eleocharis taxa; spike-sedge, spike sedge, spikesedge are applied to Eleocharis s.l.; wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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