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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 (

TaxonLuzula spicata
Family common name(s)rush; rushes
Genus common name(s)wood-rush; wood rush; woodrush
Species common name(s)spicate wood-rush; spicate wood rush; spicate woodrush; spiked mountain wood-rush; spiked mountain wood rush; spiked mountain woodrush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaspiked wood-rush, spiked wood rush, spiked woodrush, spike woodrush, mountain wood-rush, mountain wood rush, mountain woodrush are applied to multiple Luzula taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. saximontana Á. L√∂ve & D. L√∂ve
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