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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 (

TaxonCardionema ramosissimum
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)cardionema; sand-carpet; sandcarpet
Species common name(s)tread lightly; beach sand-mat; beach sand mat; spiny sand-mat; spiny sand mat; spiny sandmat; sand-carpet; sandcarpet; sand carpet
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasandwort, sand-wort, sand wort are applied to multiple Caryophyllaceae taxa; sand burr, sand-burr, sandburr, sand-bur, sand bur, sandbur, beach sandmat, sand-mat, sandmat, sand mat are applied to taxa in multiple families
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