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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 (

TaxonAbronia turbinata
Family common name(s)four-o'clock; four o'clock; four-o-clock; four o'clocks; 4-o'clock; 4 o'clock
Genus common name(s)abronia
Species common name(s)turbinate abronia; turbinate sand-verbena; transmontane abronia; transmontane sand-verbena; transmontane sand verbena; transmontane sandverbena; trans-montane abronia; trans montane abronia; trans-montane sand-verbena; trans-montane sand verbena; trans montane sand verbena
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert sand-verbena, desert sand verbena, desert sandverbena, white sand-verbena, white sand verbena, annual sandverbena, annual sand-verbena, annual sand verbena are applied to multiple Abronia taxa; sand-verbena, sand verbena, sandverbena, sand-puffs, sand puffs, sandpuffs are applied to multiple Nyctaginaceae taxa; heart’s delight is applied to taxa in multiple families
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