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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 (

TaxonLeptochloa panicea subsp. brachiata
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)leptochloa; sprangle-top; sprangle top; sprangletop; sprangle-top grass; sprangle top grass; sprangletop grass; sprangle; slender-grass; slender grass; slendergrass
Species common name(s)red sprangle-top; red sprangle top; red sprangletop; red sprangle-top grass; red sprangle top grass; red sprangletop grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasharp-scale sprangle-top is applied to multiple Leptochloa taxa; feather-grass, feather grass, feathergrass, salt-meadow grass, salt meadow grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; mucronate sprangeltop is more appropriately applied to subsp. mucronata
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLeptochloa filiformis (Pers.) P. Beauv.; Leptochloa mucronata (Michx.) Kunth
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