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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 (

TaxonAllotropa virgata
Family common name(s)heath; heather; heathwort; heathworts
Genus common name(s)allotropa; sugar-stick; sugar stick; sugarstick
Species common name(s)candy-striped allotropa; candy striped allotropa; candystriped allotropa; candy-stripe allotropa; candy stripe allotropa; candystripe allotropa; candy-stripe; candy stripe; candystripe; candy-stick; candy stick; candystick; candystick plant; peppermint candy-stick; peppermint candy stick; sugar-stick; sugar stick; sugarstick; barber's pole; barber-pole; barber pole; barbers' pole; barbers pole
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapeppermint stick, devil's wand are applied to taxa in multiple families
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