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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 palustris
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)fowl blue-grass; fowl blue grass; fowl bluegrass; fowl meadow blue-grass; fowl meadow blue-grass; fowl meadow blue grass; fowl-meadow blue-grass; fowl meadow bluegrass; fowl meadow-grass; fowl meadow grass; fowl meadowgrass; swamp blue-grass; swamp blue grass; swamp bluegrass; swamp meadow-grass; swamp meadow grass; swamp meadowgrass; swamp wire-grass; swamp wire grass; swamp-wire-grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawood meadow-grass, wood meadow grass, wood meadowgrass, northern spear-grass, northern spear grass, marsh bluegrass, marsh blue grass are applied to multiple Poa taxa; meadow grass, meadow-grass, meadowgrass, fowl meadow-grass, fowl meadow grass, bunch grass, bunch-grass, bunchgrass, spear-grass, speargrass, spear grass, June-grass, June grass, Junegrass, june-grass, june grass, junegrass, false redtop, false red top, false red-top, are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; duck grass, duck-grass, wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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