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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 (

TaxonTridens muticus var. muticus
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)tridens
Species common name(s)slim tridens; slim fluff-grass; slim fluffgrass; rough tridens; awnless fluff-grass; awnless fluff grass; awnless fluffgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafluffgrass, fluff-grass, fluff grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa
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