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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 (

TaxonPuccinellia pumila
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)puccinellia
Species common name(s)dwarf alkali-grass; dwarf alkali grass; dwarf alkaligrass; dwarf alkalai-grass; dwarf alkalai grass; dwarf alkalaigrass; small alkali grass; small alkalai grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasmooth alkali grass is applied to multiple Puccinellia taxa; alkali grass, alkali-grass, alkaligrass, alkalai grass, alkalai-grass, alkalaigrass, alkaline grass, meadow grass, meadow-grass, meadowgrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; goose grass, goose-grass, goosegrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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