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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 (

TaxonPolypogon imberbis
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)polypogon; rabbit's-foot grass; rabbit's foot grass; rabbits-foot grass; rabbits foot grass; rabbitsfoot-grass; rabbitsfoot-grass; rabbit-foot grass; rabbitfoot-grass; rabbitfoot grass; rabbitfootgrass
Species common name(s)short-haired beardgrass; shorthaired beardgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasouthern beardgrass, southern beard-grass, southern beard grass are applied to multiple Polypogon taxa; beardgrass, beard-grass, beard grass, rabbit grass, bentgrass, bent-grass, bent grass, bent are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; rabbit's-foot, rabbit's foot, rabbits-foot, rabbits foot are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPolypogon elongatus Kunth, misapplied
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