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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 (

TaxonSetaria parviflora
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)setaria; bristlegrass; bristle-grass; bristle grass
Species common name(s)knot-root setaria; knotroot setaria; knot-root bristle-grass; knot-root bristle grass; knot root bristle grass; knot-root bristlegrass; knot root bristlegrass; knotroot bristle-grass; knotroot bristle grass; knotroot bristlegrass; knotroot foxtail grass; knotroot foxtail; knot-root foxtail; marsh bristle-grass; marsh bristle grass; marsh bristlegrass; perennial yellow foxtail-grass; perennial yellow foxtail grass
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsgraceful setaria [Setaria gracilis]; slender pigeon grass [Setaria gracilis]; slender pigeongrass [Setaria gracilis]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaperennial fox-tail grass, perennial foxtail grass, perennial foxtail, bristly foxtail, bristly fox-tail, bristly fox tail are applied to multiple Setaria taxa; yellow bristlegrass, yellow bristle-grass, yellow bristle grass, yellow foxtail, foxtails, foxtail grass, fox-tail grass, fox tail grass, pigeon grass, pigeon-grass, pigeongrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; foxtail, fox-tail, fox tail are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSetaria gracilis Kunth; Setaria geniculata (Hornem. ex Willd.) P. Beauv., misapplied
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