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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 trivialis
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)roughish blue-grass; roughish blue grass; roughish bluegrass; roughish meadow-grass; roughish meadow grass; roughish meadowgrass; rough meadow-grass; rough meadow grass; rough meadowgrass; rough-stalked blue-grass; rough-stalked blue grass; rough stalked blue grass; rough-stalked bluegrass; rough stalked bluegrass; roughstalked bluegrass; rough-stalked meadow-grass; rough-stalked meadow grass; rough stalked meadow grass; rough-stalked meadowgrass; rough stalked meadowgrass; rough-stalk blue-grass; rough-stalk blue grass; rough stalk blue grass; rough-stalk bluegrass; rough stalk bluegrass; roughstalk bluegrass; rough-stalk meadow-grass; rough-stalk meadow grass; rough stalk meadow grass; rough-stalk meadowgrass; rough stalk meadowgrass; common rispengras; Scribner's bluegrass; Scribner bluegrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxarough bluegrass, rough blue-grass, rough blue grass, common meadow-grass, common meadow grass are applied to multiple Poa taxa; English meadow-grass, English meadow grass, Engish meadowgrass are more commonly applied to Poa pratensis; fowl meadow-grass, fowl meadow grass, fowl-grass, 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, pasture grass, orchiston-grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; bird grass, bird-grass, bird's grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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