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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 (

TaxonCoptis laciniata
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)coptis
Species common name(s)cut-leaved goldthread; cut-leaf goldthread; cutleaf goldthread; cut-leaf gold threads; Oregon gold-thread; Oregon gold thread; Oregon goldthread; Oregon golden-thread; Oregon golden thread
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagold-thread, gold thread, goldthread, golden thread, golden-thread, goldenthread are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesOregon is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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