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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 sphacelata
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)setaria; bristlegrass; bristle-grass; bristle grass; brittlegrass; brittle-grass; brittle grass
Species common name(s)African bristle-grass; African bristle grass; African bristlegrass; African pigeon-grass; African pigeon grass; South African pigeon-grass; South African pigeon grass; South African pigeongrass; South African golden millet grass; African timothy; African Timothy; common bristle grass; golden setaria; golden-timothy; golden timothy; golden timothy-grass; golden timothy grass; golden timothygrass; golden-Timothy; golden Timothy; golden Timothy-grass; golden Timothy grass; golden Timothygrass; Zimbabwe Timothy-grass; Zimbabwe Timothy grass; Zimbabwe timothy-grass; Zimbabwe timothy grass; Rhodesian Timothy; Rhodesian Timothy-grass; Rhodesian Timothy grass; Rhodesian timothy; Rhodesian timothy-grass; Rhodesian timothy grass; gewone setaria
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagiant setaria, common setaria, golden millet are applied to multiple Setaria taxa; foxtails, foxtail grass, fox-tail grass, fox tail grass, pigeon grass, pigeon-grass, pigeongrass, Tanzania grass, oldlandsgrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; canary seed grass is more commonly applied to Phalaris canariensis; foxtail, fox-tail, fox tail, timothy are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesAfrican is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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