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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 (

TaxonPaspalum dilatatum
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)paspalum; paspalum grass; crown-grass; crown grass; crowngrass
Species common name(s)Dallis paspalum; Dallis grass; Dallis-grass; Dallisgrass; Dallis; dallis paspalum; dallis grass; dallis-grass; dallisgrass; dallis; common paspalum; hairy-flowered paspalum; hairy flowered paspalum; hairy-flower paspalum; common paspalum; golden crown grass; large water-grass; large water grass; large watergrass; Leichardt grass; bastard millet-grass; bastard millet grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatall paspalum is applied to multiple Paspalum taxa; million-dollar grass, caterpillar grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; water grass, water-grass, watergrass, knot grass, knotgrass, knot-grass, knowgrass, know grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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