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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 (

TaxonPoa nemoralis
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)poa; blue-grass; blue grass; bluegrass; bleu-grass; bleu grass; bleugrass; rispengrass; rispengras
Species common name(s)wood poa; wood blue-grass; wood blue grass; woods blue-grass; woods blue grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawood bluegrass, woods bluegrass, wood meadow-grass, wood meadow grass, wood meadowgrass, woodland bluegrass, woodland-bluegrass, woodland blue grass, woodland meadow-grass, woodland speargrass, forest bluegrass, forest blue grass, northern spear-grass, northern spear grass are applied to multiple Poa taxa; inland blue-grass, inland blue grass, inland bluegrass are more commonly applied to Poa interior; meadow grass, meadow-grass, meadowgrass, bunch grass, bunch-grass, bunchgrass, spear-grass, speargrass, spear grass, June-grass, June grass, Junegrass, june-grass, june grass, junegrass, wood grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
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