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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 (

TaxonCynoglossum officinale
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)hound's-tongue; hound's tongue; hounds'-tongue; houndstongue; hounds-tongue; hounds tongue; dog-bur; dog bur; dog's burr
Species common name(s)common hound's-tongue; common hound's tongue; common houndstongue; common hounds'-tongue; common hounds-tongue; common hounds tongue; tongue of dog; common dog-bur; common dog bur; common dog's burr; sheep-lice; sheep's-lice; rose lice; Tory-bur; Tory bur; Tory-burr; Tory burr; Tory-weed; Tory weed; Toryweed; tory-bur; tory bur; tory-burr; tory burr; tory-weed; tory weed; toryweed; Canadian bur; Canadian burr; gypsy-flower; gypsyflower; gypsy flower; gipsy-flower; gipsy flower; glovewort; woolmat; wool-mat; wood-mat; wood mat; rats-and-mice
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabeggar's-lice, beggar's lice, beggars lice, beggars-lice, beggarticks, beggar's-ticks, beggar's ticks, beggars' tick, beggars-ticks, beggar ticks, beggar-ticks, Velcro weed, Velcro plant, stickseed, stick-seed, stick seed, sticktights, stick-tights, stick tights, dog's tongue, dog tongue, dog burr are applied to taxa in multiple families
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