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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 (

TaxonHainardia cylindrica
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)hainardia
Species common name(s)cylindrical barb-grass; cylindrical barbgrass; one-glumed hard-grass; one-glumed hard grass; one glumed hard grass; one-glumed hardgrass; common barb-grass; common barb grass; common barbgrass; thintail barbgrass; thin-tail grass; thintail grass; thin-tail monerma; thin tail monerma; thintail monerma; common barb-grass; common barb grass; common barbgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxathintail, thin-tail, thin tail, monerma, hardgrass, hard-grass, hard grass, cylindrical hard-grass, barbgrass, barb-grass, barb grass, rat-tail grass, rat tail grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; rat-tail, rat tail, rattail, rat's tail are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcRottboellia cylindrica Willd.; Lepturus cylindricus (Willd.) Trin.; Monerma cylindrica (Willd.) Coss. & Durieu
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