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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 (

TaxonDatura discolor
Family common name(s)nightshade; night-shade; night shade; nightshades; potato
Genus common name(s)datura; dattura; dhattura; dhatura; jimson-weed; jimson weed; jimsonweed; Jamestown-weed; Jamestown weed; jimpson weed; toloache; tolguacha
Species common name(s)desert datura; desert thorn-apple; desert thorn apple; desert thornapple; desert devil's apple; small datura; small thorn-apple
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadevil's-apple, devil's apple are applied to multiple Solanaceae taxa; thorn-apple, thornapple, thorn apple, angel trumpets, angel's trumpets, angel's-trumpet, angel trumpet, angeltrumpet, angel's trumpet flower, Gabriel's trumpet, Gabriel trumpet, trumpet, trumpets, trumpet-flower, trumpet flower, witches'-herb, witches' herb, witches-herb, witch's herb are applied to taxa in multiple families
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