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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 (

TaxonPennisetum ciliare
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)pennisetum; fountain-grass; fountain grass; fountaingrass; bristly panick grass
Species common name(s)African buffel-grass; African buffel grass; African buffelgrass; South African buffel-grass; South African buffle grass; South African buffelgrass; common buffel=grass; common buffel grass; common buffelgrass; common bufflegrass; hairy buffelgrass; perennial buffel grass; introduced buffel-grass; introduced buffel grass; introduced pasture buffel grass; pasture buffel grass; non-native buffel-grass; non-native buffel grass; nonnative buffelgrass; alien buffel-grass; alien buffel grass; alien buffelgrass; invasive buffelgrass; invasive buffel-grass; invasive African buffel grass; weedy buffel grass; buffelgrass; buffel-grass; buffel grass; bufflegrass; buffle-grass; buffle grass; zacate buffel; blue buffalo grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabur-grass, bur grass, burgrass, burr-grass, burr grass, burrgrass, pussy-willow grass, pussy willow grass, Egyptian millet are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; sand burr, sand-burr, sandburr, sand bur, sand-bur, sandbur, sandspur, buffalo-grass, buffalo grass applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCenchrus ciliaris L.
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