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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 (

TaxonAntirrhinum coulterianum
Family common name(s)plantain; plantains
Genus common name(s)snapdragon; snap-dragon; snap dragon; snaps
Species common name(s)Coulter's snapdragon; Coulter's white snapdragon; Coulter snapdragon; Coulter white snapdragon
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite snapdragon, chaparral snapdragon, toad's-mouth, toad's mouth are applied to multiple Antirrhinum s.l. taxa; wild snapdragon is applied to multiple Plantaginaceae taxa; toadflax, toad-flax, toad flax, weasel-snout, weasel snout, weasel's-snout, weasel's snout are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCoulter is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Coulters is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.; Sairocarpus coulterianus (Benth.) D.A. Sutton
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