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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 jordanii
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)California maiden-hair; California maiden hair; California maidenhair; California maiden-hair fern; California maidenhair fern; Californian maidenhair; Jordan's maidenhair fern; Jordan's maidenhair-fern; Jordan maidenhair fern; Jordan maidenhair-fern
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaVenus'-hair fern, Venus's-hair fern, Venus-hair fern, Venus-hair-fern, Venus hair fern are more commonly applied to Adiantum capillus-veneris
NotesJordan is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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