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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 (

TaxonSporobolus airoides
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)sporobolus; sacaton; sacaton grass; sacatone; sacatone grass; zacaton; zacatón grass; zacatón; zacaton grass
Species common name(s)alkali sporobolus; alkali sacaton; alkali-sacaton; alkali sacaton grass; alkali sacatone; alkali sacatone grass; alkali zacaton; alkali zacatón; alkali drop-seed; alkali drop seed; alkali dropseed; alkali tussock-grass; alkali tussock grass; alkali tussockgrass; alkalai sacaton; alkalai-sacaton; alkalai sacaton grass; alkalai drop-seed; alkalai drop seed; alkalai dropseed; alkili sacaton; alkili sakitone; alkaline sacaton; alkaline sacatone; alkaline sacatone grass; hair-grass drop-seed; hair-grass dropseed; hair grass dropseed; hairgrass dropseed; fine-top salt-grass; fine-top salt grass; finetop saltgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaallseed grass is applied to multiple Sporobous taxa; dropseed, drop-seed, drop seed, dropseed grass, drop-seed grass, drop-seed-grass, ralkali grass, alkali-grass, alkaligrass, salt-water couch grass, salt water couch grass, saltgrass, salt-grass, salt grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa, knot grass, knot-grass, notgrass, knowgrass, know grass, tussock-grass, tussock grass, tussockgrass, bunch grass, bunch-grass, bunchgrass, fine-top grass, fine top grass, hairgrass, hair-grass, hair grass, rush grass, rush-grass, rushgrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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