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Botanical turf grass names and their common equivalent.

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Common & Botanical Turfgrass Names

When referring to particular plants (and animals) we may use common names or we may use scientific names.

Common names are names given by local people to refer to plants and animals. Common names may be totally different from one country to another, from one state to another, and even from one county to another.

Common names change as new people move to an area, or as old common names fall out of favor for one reason or another.

Scientific names, on the other hand, are unique plant and animal names that are used the world over by people such as scientists, horticulturalists, environmental managers and knowledgeable citizens. Scientific names are the same name for the same organism no matter where on the planet you are, no matter what language you speak. Scientific names cannot be changed except by scientific agreement, such as when scientists convene specifically to debate and agree on plant and animal taxonomy.

Here are the Common Turf Grass Names and their Botanical Name.

Common Name
Botanical Name
Cool-Season Grasses
Annual bluegrass Poa annua
Annual ryegrass Lolium multiflorum
Chewings fescue Festuca rubra spp. rubra
Colonial bentgrass Agrostis tenuis
Creeping bentgrass Agrostis palustris
Creeping red fescue Festuca rubra spp. rubra
Hard fescue Festuca ovina spp. duriuscula
Kentucky bluegrass Poa pratensis
Perennial ryegrass Lolium perenne
Rough bluegrass Poa trivialis
Tall fescue Festuca arundinacea
Velvet bentgrass Agrostis canina
Warm-Season Grasses
Bahiagrass Paspalum notatum
Bermudagrass Cynodon dactylon
Buffalograss Buchloe dactyloides
Carpetgrass Axonopus affinis
Centipedegrass Eremochloa ophiuroides
Kikuyugrass Pennisetum clandestinum
Seashore paspalum Paspalum vaginatum
St. Augustinegrass Stenotaphrum secundatum
Japanese lawngrass Zoysia japonica
Mascarenegrass Zoysia tenuifolia