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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 (

TaxonLuzula comosa var. laxa
Family common name(s)rush; rushes
Genus common name(s)wood-rush; wood rush; woodrush
Species common name(s)Pacific wood-rush; Pacific wood rush; Pacific woodrush; woodland wood-rush; wetland wood-rush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon wood-rush, common wood rush, common woodrush, hairy wood-rush, hairy wood rush, hairy woodrush, clustered woodrush, heath woodrush, heath wood-rush, heath wood rush are applied to multiple Luzula taxa
NotesPacific is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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