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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 (

TaxonPhalaris minor
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)phalaris; canary-grass; canary grass; canarygrass
Species common name(s)lesser canary-grass; lesser canary grass; lesser canarygrass; little-seeded canary-grass; little-seeded canary grass; little seeded canary grass; little-seed canary-grass; little-seed canary grass; little seed canary grass; little-seed canarygrass; little seed canarygrass; littleseed canarygrass; small-seeded canary-grass; small-seeded canary grass; small-seeded canarygrass; small-seed canary-grass; small-seed canary grass; small seed canary-grass; small-seed canarygrass; small seed canarygrass; small canary-grass; small canary grass; small canarygrass; little canary-grass; little canary grass; little canarygrass; dwarf canary-grass; dwarf canary grass; dwarf canarygrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaMediterranean canary grass, Mediterranean canary-grass, Mediterranean canarygrass, annual canary grass, annual canarygrass, wild canary grass, wild canarygrass are applied to multiple Phalaris taxa
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