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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 (

TaxonHordeum brachyantherum subsp. brachyantherum
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)barley; wild barley; barley-grass; barley grass; barleygrass
Species common name(s)northern meadow barley; American meadow barley
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxameadow barley, northern barley, native barley, annual meadow barley are applied to multiple Hordeum taxa; squirreltail, squirrel-tail, squirrel tail, squirreltail grass, squirrel-tail grass, squirrel tail grass, foxtail grass, fox-tail grass, fox tail grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; foxtail, fox-tail, fox tail are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcHordeum boreale Scribn. & J.G. Sm.
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