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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 (

TaxonPhleum pratense
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)phleum; timothy-grass; timothy grass; timothygrass; Timothy-grass; Timothy grass; Timothy's grass; timothey
Species common name(s)common timothy; common Timothy; common timothy-grass; common timothy grass; common Timothy-grass; common Timothy grass; common timothey; common cat's-tail grass; common cat's-tail-grass; common cat's tail grass; common cats-tail grass; common cats-tail-grass; common herd's-grass; common herd's grass; cultivated timothy; cultivated timothy-grass; cultivated timothy grass; cultivated Timothy; cultivated Timothy-grass; cultivated Timothy grass; hay timothy; hay Tmothy; timothy hay; Timothy hay; meadow timothy; meadow Timothy; meadow timothy-grass; meadow timothy grass; meadow Timothy-grass; meadow Timothy grass; soldier's-feather; soldier's feather; soldiers' feathers
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatimothy, wild timothy, Herd's grass, Herd's-grass, Herd grass, Herds' grass, Herds-grass, Herds-grass, herd's-grass, herd's grass, herd grass, herds' grass, cat's-tail grass, cat's-tail-grass, cat's tail grass, cats-tail grass, catstail grass, cats-tail-grass, meadow cat's-tail grass, meadow cat's-tail-grass, meadow cat's tail grass, meadow cats-tail grass, meadow catstail grass, meadow cat's-tail, meadow cat's tail, meadow cats-tail, mountain foxtail applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; cat's-tail, cat's tail, rat-tail are applied to taxa in multiple families
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