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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 (

TaxonAdonis aestivalis
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)adonis; pheasant's-eye; pheasant's eye; pheasants-eye; pheasants eye; pheasant-eye; pheasant's eye plant
Species common name(s)summer adonis; summer pheasant's-eye; summer pheasant's eye; summer pheasants-eye; summer pheasants eye; summer pheasant-eye; summer pheasant's eye plant
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxared pheasant's eye, red pheasants eye, red morocco are applied to multiple Adonis taxa
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