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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 (

TaxonLamarckia aurea
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)lamarckia; golden-top grass; golden top grass; goldentop grass
Species common name(s)golden lamarckia; golden-top lamarckia; golden top lamarckia; goldentop lamarckia; golden-top grass; golden top grass; goldentop grass; golden dog's-tail; golden dog's tail; golden dogs-tail; golden dogs tail
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacomb grass, toothbrush grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; dog grass, dog-grass, dog's-tail, dogtail, dog's tail, dog-tail grass, dog tail grass, dog's tail grass, dog's-tail grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; goldentop, golden-top, golden top are applied to taxa in multiple families
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