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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 (

TaxonIsoetes bolanderi
Family common name(s)quillwort; quill-wort; quill wort
Genus common name(s)quillwort; quill-wort; quill wort; Merlin's-grass; Merlin's grass; Merlin-grass; Merlin grass; merlin-grass; merlin grass; merlingrass
Species common name(s)Bolander's quillwort; Bolander's quill-wort; Bolander's quill wort; Bolander quillwort; Bolander quill-wort; Bolander quill wort
NotesBolander is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Bolanders is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcIsoëtaceae; var. bolanderi; var. pygmaea (Engelm.) Clute; Isoëtes bolanderi Engelm;
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