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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 (

TaxonBotrychium lunaria
Family common name(s)adder's-tongue; adder's tongue; moonwort fern
Genus common name(s)grape-fern; grape fern; grapefern; moonwort-fern; moonwort fern; moon-wort fern; moon wort fern
Species common name(s)lunary moonwort-fern; lunary moonwort fern; moonwort grape-fern; moonwort grape fern; unshoe-the-horse moonwort-fern; unshoe-the-horse moonwort fern; common moonwort; common moonwort-fern; common moonwort fern
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahonesty plant, honesty-plant are more commonly applied to Lunaria; moon-fern, moon fern, moonwort, moon-wort, moon wort, unshoe-the-horse, unshoe the horse are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcOsmunda lunaria L.; Botrychium onondagense Underw.
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