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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 (

TaxonJuncus bufonius var. congestus
Family common name(s)rush; rushes
Genus common name(s)juncus; rush
Species common name(s)common toad-rush; common toad rush; common toadrush; common toad-grass; common toad grass; common toadgrass; toad-grass; toadweed; frog-grass; frogweed; frog-weed; frog weed; Coe-grass; Coe grass; coe-grass; coe grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafrog rush, toad rush, toad-rush, toadrush are applied to Juncus bufonius s.l.; spiny rush is more commonly applied to Juncus acutus; toad-weed, toad weed, bog-rush, bog rush, bogrush, sourgrass, sour-grass, sour grass, wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass, rush-grass, rush grass, rushgrass, saltweed, salt-weed, salt weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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