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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 (

TaxonPolypogon maritimus
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)polypogon; rabbit's-foot grass; rabbit's foot grass; rabbits-foot grass; rabbits foot grass; rabbitsfoot-grass; rabbitsfoot-grass; rabbit-foot grass; rabbitfoot-grass; rabbitfoot grass; rabbitfootgrass
Species common name(s)Mediterranean polypogon; Mediterranean beard-grass; Mediterranean beard grass; Mediterranean beardgrass; Mediterranean rabbit's-foot grass; Mediterranean rabbit's foot grass; Mediterranean rabbitfoot-grass; Mediterranean rabbitfoot grass; Mediterranean rabbits-foot grass; Mediterranean rabbits foot grass; Mediterranean rabbitsfoot-grass; Mediterranean rabbitsfoot grass; maritime polypogon; maritime beard-grass; maritime beard grass; maritime beardgrass; maritime rabbit's-foot grass; maritime rabbit's foot grass; maritime rabbit-foot grass; sea beard-grass; sea beard grass; coastal beardgrass; coastal barbgrass; coast beard-grass; coast beard grass; coast beardgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasouthern beardgrass, southern beard-grass, southern beard grass are applied to multiple Polypogon taxa; beardgrass, beard-grass, beard grass, rabbit grass, bentgrass, bent-grass, bent grass, bent, barbgrass, barb-grass, barb grass, coast barbgrass, coast barb-grass, coast barb grass, coastal barbgrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; rabbit's-foot, rabbit's foot, rabbits-foot, rabbits foot are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesMediterranean is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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