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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 (

TaxonLeymus triticoides
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)leymus
Species common name(s)creeping beardless wild-rye; creeping beardless wild rye; creeping beardless wildrye; creeping wild rye-grass; creeping wild rye grass; creeping wild ryegrass; creeping rye-grass; creeping rye grass; creeping ryegrass; saline creeping wild rye-grass; saline creeping wild rye grass; saline creeping wild ryegrass; beardless lyme-grass; beardless lyme grass; alkali rye-grass; alkali rye grass; alkali ryegrass; alkali rye; alkali wild-rye; alkali wild rye; alkali wildrye; alkalai rye-grass; alkalai rye grass; alkalai ryegrass; alkalai rye; alkalai wild-rye; alkalai wild rye; alkalai wildrye; valley wild-rye; valley wild rye; valley wildrye; wheat-grass leymus; wheatgrass leymus
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabeardless ryegrass, beardless rye grass, beardless wildrye, beardless wild-rye, beardless wild rye, wildrye, wild-rye, wild rye, wild rye grass, creeping wildrye, creeping wild-rye, creeping wild rye, lyme grass, lyme-grass, lymegrass, giant wheatgrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (possibly pejorative or derogatory): squaw grass
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcElymus triticoides Buckley
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