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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 (

TaxonAdiantum capillus-veneris
Family common name(s)brake; brake-fern; brake fern; brakefern; cliff brake fern
Genus common name(s)maiden-hair; maiden hair; maidenhair; maiden-hair fern; maidenhair fern; maidenhair-fern
Species common name(s)southern maiden-hair; southern maiden hair; southern maidenhair; southern maidenhair-fern; southern maidenhair fern; southern maiden-hair fern; Venus' maiden-hair fern; Venus' maidenhair fern; Venus maiden-hair fern; Venus maidenhair fern; Venus'-hair fern; Venus' hair fern; Venus's-hair fern; Venus's hair fern; Venus-hair fern; Venus-hair-fern; Venus hair fern; Venus'hair; Venushair; Venus-hair; sweet maiden hair fern; European maidenhair; dudder grass; dudder-grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatrue maidenhair, true maiden's hair, true maidenhair fern, true maiden-hair fern, common maidenhair, common maidenhair fern, black maidenhair, black maiden's hair are applied to multiple Adiantum taxa; southern maiden is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesEuropean is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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