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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 (

TaxonDistichlis littoralis
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)distichlis; distichlis grass
Species common name(s)salt-cedar grass; salt cedar grass; saltcedar-grass; saltcedar grass; salt-flat grass; salt flat grass; saltflat grass; saltflat-grass; key-grass; key grass; keygrass; dwarfstand saltgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasaltgrass, salt grass, salt-grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; shore grass, shoregrass, shore-grass, salt cedar, saltcedar, salt-cedar, wire grass, wire-grass, wiregrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcMonanthochloe littoralis Engelm.
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