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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 (

TaxonJuncus capillaris
Family common name(s)rush; rushes
Genus common name(s)juncus; rush
Species common name(s)hair-stemmed dwarf rush; hair-stemmed rush; hair-stem dwarf rush; hair-stemmed rush; hairstemmed rush; hairy-stem dwarf rush; hairy stem dwarf rush; hairystem dwarf rush; hairy-stem rush; slender-stemmed dwarf rush; slender stemmed dwarf rush; delicate rush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadwarf rush is applied to multiple Juncus taxa; bog-rush, bog rush, bogrush, sourgrass, sour-grass, sour grass, wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass, rush grass, rush-grass, rushgrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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