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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 (

TaxonPanicum dichotomiflorum subsp. dichotomiflorum
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)panicum; panic; panic-grass; panic grass; panicgrass; panick-grass; panick grass; panickgrass
Species common name(s)fall panicum; fall panic-grass; fall panic grass; fall panicgrass; fall panic; smooth witch-grass; smooth witch grass; smooth witchgrass; knee-grass; knee grass; sprouting crab-grass; sprouting crab grass; sprouting crabgrass; prolific panic grass; twin-flowered panic; twin-flowered panic-grass; twin-flowered panic grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern witchgrass, western witch-grass, western witch grass, spreading panicum, spreading panicgrass, spreading panic-grass, spreading panic grass, spreading panic, spreading witchgrass, spreading witch-grass, spreading witch grass, smooth panicum, smooth panic-grass, smooth panic grass are applied to multiple Panicum s.l. taxa; millet, ticklegrass, tickle-grass, tickle grass, tumble-grass, tumble grass, tumblegrass, fall witchgrass, autumn millet are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; crabgrass, crab-grass, crab grass, witchgrass, witch-grass, witch grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. dichotomiflorus; Panicum proliferum Lam.
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