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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 (

TaxonStipa speciosa
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)stipa; stipa grass; steppe-grass; steppe grass; steppegrass
Species common name(s)desert stipa; desert needle-grass; desert needle grass; desert needlegrass; desert rice-grass; desert rice grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert ricegrass is applied to multiple Stipa s.l. taxa; needlegrass, needle-grass, needle grass, spear-grass, speargrass, spear grass, silver hairgrass, rice grass, rice-grass, ricegrass, false rice grass, false rice-grass, false ricegrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; hairgrass, hair-grass, hair grass, puna grass, puna-grass, punagrass, woolgrass, woolly grass, wooly grass, woollygrass, woolygrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian ricegrass, Indian rice grass, Indian rice-grass
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAchnatherum speciosum (Trin. & Rupr.) Barkworth; Jarava speciosa (Trin. & Rupr.) Peñailillo; Pappostipa speciosa (Trin. & Rupr.) Romaschenko
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