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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 lemmonii
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)puccinellia
Species common name(s)Lemmon's alkali-grass; Lemmon's alkali grass; Lemmon's alkaligrass; Lemmon's alkalai-grass; Lemmon's alkalai grass; Lemmon's alkalaigrass; Lemmon alkali-grass; Lemmon alkali grass; Lemmon alkaligrass; Lemmon alkalai-grass; Lemmon alkalai grass; Lemmon alkalaigrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaalkali grass, alkali-grass, alkaligrass, alkalai grass, alkalai-grass, alkalaigrass, alkaline grass, meadow grass, meadow-grass, meadowgrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
NotesLemmon is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Lemmons, Lemons, Lemon's, Lemon, lemon, lemon's are errors
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