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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 (

TaxonJuncus laccatus
Family common name(s)rush; rushes
Genus common name(s)juncus; rush
Species common name(s)shiny rush; slender common rush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasoft rush, hard rush, tufted rush, path rush, pasture rush, gray rush, grey rush, pin rush, pin-rush, salt rush are applied to multiple Juncus taxa; Pacific rush is more commonly applied to var. pacificus; common rush, common bog rush, common bog-rush, bog-rush, bog rush, bogrush, water rush, round rush, sourgrass, sour-grass, sour grass, wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass, pond grass, rush grass, rush-grass, rushgrass, common rush grass, common rush-grass, common rushgrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcJuncus effusus L. var. gracilis Hook.
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