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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 (

TaxonDeschampsia cespitosa subsp. holciformis
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)deschampsia; descampsia grass
Species common name(s)caespitose deschampsia; cespitose deschampsia; cespitose hair-grass; cespitose hairgrass; tufted deschampsia; tufted deschampsia grass; tufted hair-grass; tufted hair grass; tufted hairgrass; bull-hassocks; bull-pates grass; bullpates grass; bull-pates; bull pates; bullpates; bull's-pates; bull-peats; bullpeats; bullpits; bull-poll; bull poll; benton pry; turfy aira grass; turfy aira-grass; seven-years grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacoast hair grass, coastal hair grass are applied to multiple Deschampsia cespitosa subspp.; bunch grass, bunch-grass, bunchgrass, tussock-grass, tussock grass, tussockgrass, hassock grass, hassock-grass, windlestraw grass, windlestraw-grass, windlestraw, windle-straw, windle straw are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; hairgrass, hair-grass, hair grass applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPacific, California are proper names, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcDeschampsia holciformis J. Presl; Aira holciformis (J. Presl) Steud.
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