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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 (

TaxonPleuropogon californicus var. davyi
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)pleuropogon; semaphore-grass; semaphore grass; semaphoregrass
Species common name(s)California pleuropogon; California semaphore-grass; California semaphore grass; California semaphoregrass; annual semaphore-grass; annual semaphore grass; annual semaphoregrass
NotesDavy, California are proper names, so upper case preferable; Davys is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPleuropogon davyi L.D. Benson
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