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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 (

TaxonNassella manicata
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)nassella
Species common name(s)Andean tussock-grass; Andean tussock grass; Andean tussockgrass; tropical needle-grass; tropical needlegrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaneedlegrass, needle-grass, needle grass, rice grass, rice-grass, ricegrass, false rice grass, false rice-grass, false ricegrass, bunch grass, bunch-grass, bunchgrass, tussock-grass, tussock grass, tussockgrass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; puna grass, puna-grass, punagrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcStipa manicata E. Desv.; Nassella formicara (Delile) Barkworth, orth. var., misapplied; Nassella formicarum, misapplied; Stipa formicarum Delile, misapplied
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