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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 (

TaxonMuhlenbergia mexicana
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)muhlenbergia; muhlenbergia grass; muhly; muhly grass; muhlygrass; muhley; muhley grass; muhleygrass; muhli; muhli grass; Muhlenberg's grass; Muhlenberg's-grass; Muhlenberg grass; Muhlenberg-grass; satin-grass; satin grass
Species common name(s)Mexican muhlenbergia; Mexican muhly; Mexican muhly grass; Mexican muhley; Mexican drop-seed grass; Mexican drop-seed; Mexican drop seed; Mexican dropseed; Mexican satin-grass; Mexican satin grass; Mexican satingrass; Mexican bent-grass; Mexican bent grass; bearded leafy muhly; marsh satin-grass; marsh satin grass; satin muhly; satin-muhly; satin muhly grass; knot-root grass; knot-root-grass; knot root grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapull-up muhly, pullup muhly are more commonly applied to Muhlenbergia filiformis; wirestem muhly, wire-stem muhly, wirestem muhley, leafy muhly, leafy-muhly, leafy satin grass, meadow muhlenbergia, meadow muhly are applied to multiple Muhlenbergia taxa; dropseed, drop-seed, drop seed, dropseed grass, drop-seed grass, drop-seed-grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
NotesMexican is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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