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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 clandestinum
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)pennisetum; fountain-grass; fountain grass; fountaingrass; bristly panick grass
Species common name(s)Kikuyu-grass; Kikuyu grass; Kikuyugrass; kikuyu-grass; kikuyu grass; kikuyugrass; kikuyu; kikiyu-grass; kikiyu grass; kikiyugrass; kikiyu; kikuya-grass; kikuya grass; kikuyagrass; kikuya; kikuyo-grass; kikuyo grass; kikuyograss; kikuyo; West African pennisetum
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafeathertop, feather-top, feather top, feather-grass, pussy-willow grass, pussy willow grass, Egyptian millet, millet are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
NotesAfrican is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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