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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 flexuosus
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)mesa drop-seed; mesa drop seed; mesa dropseed; mesa drop-seed grass; mesa drop seed grass; mesa dropseed grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadropseed, drop-seed, drop seed, dropseed grass, drop-seed grass, drop-seed-grass, salt-water couch grass, salt water couch grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; rush grass, rush-grass, rushgrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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