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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 (

TaxonPanicum hirticaule var. hirticaule
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)panicum; panic; panic-grass; panic grass; panicgrass; panick-grass; panick grass; panickgrass
Species common name(s)rough-stalked witchgrass; roughstalked witchgrass; rough-stalk witch-grass; rough-stalk witch grass; rough-stalk witchgrass; roughstalk witch-grass; roughstalk witch grass; roughstalk witchgrass; Mexican panic-grass; Mexican panic grass; Mexican panicgrass; Mexican witch-grass; Mexican witch grass; Mexican witchgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxarough grass, rough-grass, roughgrass, millet, ticklegrass, tickle-grass, tickle grass, tumble-grass, tumble grass, tumblegrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; rough-stalk, rough stalk, roughstalk, witchgrass, witch-grass, witch grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesMexican is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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