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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 (

TaxonSisyrinchium halophilum
Family common name(s)iris; irises
Genus common name(s)blue-eyed-grass; blue-eyed grass; blue eyed grass; blueeyed-grass; blueeyed grass; blue-eyedgrass; blue eyedgrass; blueeyedgrass; blue-eye-grass; blue-eye grass; blue eye grass; blueeye grass; blue-eyegrass; blue eyegrass; pig-snout grass
Species common name(s)Nevada blue-eyed-grass; Nevada blue-eyed grass; Nevada blue eyed grass; Nevada blueeyed grass; Nevada blue-eye-grass; Nevada blue-eye grass; Nevada blue eye grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern blue-eyed-grass; western blue-eyed grass; western blue eyed grass; western blueeyed grass are applied to multiple Sisyrinchium taxa; satin flower, satin-flower, satinflower, scurvey-grass, scurvey grass, scurveygrass, star-eyed grass, star eyed grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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