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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 (

TaxonCarex lenticularis var. lipocarpa
Family common name(s)sedge; sedges; bulrush
Genus common name(s)carex; sedge; sedge-grass; sedge grass; sedgegrass; shere-grass; shere grass
Species common name(s)lenticular sedge; lens-fruited sedge; lens-shaped sedge; lens sedge
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsKellogg's sedge [Carex kelloggii]; Kellogg sedge [Carex kelloggii]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalakeshore sedge, lake-shore sedge, lake shore sedge, shore sedge, tufted sedge are applied to multiple Carex taxa; few-ribbed sedge is applied more commonly to var. impressa; sword-grass, sword grass, sedge grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (pejorative or derogatory): nigger-wool, nigger wool, niggerwool
NotesKellogg is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Kelloggs, Kellog, Kellog's are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCarex kelloggii W. Boott var. kelloggii
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