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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 monspeliensis
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)Montpellier polypogon; Montpellier beard-grass; Montpellier beard grass; Montpellier rabbit-foot grass; annual beard-grass; annual beard grass; annual beardgrass; annual rabbit's-foot grass; annual rabbit's foot grass; annual rabbitsfoot grass; annual rabbits-foot grass; annual rabbit-foot grass; annual rabbitfoot grass; tawny rabbit-foot grass; rabbit's-foot polypogon; rabbit's foot polypogon; rabbitsfoot polypogon; rabbit-foot polypogon; rabbitfoot polypogon; rabbit's foot beardgrass; rabbitsfoot beardgrass; rabbitfoot breadgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabeardgrass, beard-grass, beard grass, rabbit grass, bentgrass, bent-grass, bent grass, bent, bearded fox-tail grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; rabbit's-foot, rabbit's foot, rabbits-foot, rabbits foot are applied to taxa in multiple families
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