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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 (

TaxonSclerochloa dura
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)sclerochloa
Species common name(s)common hard-grass; common hard grass; common hardgrass; tufted hardgrass; fairgrounds grass; fairground grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahardgrass, hard-grass, hard grass, tufted hard grass, bluestem, blue-stem, blue stem, bluestem grass, blue-stem grass, blue stem grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; beargrass, bear-grass, bear grass, common beargrass, common bear-grass, common bear grass, are applied to taxa in multiple families
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