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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 (

TaxonDaucus pusillus
Family common name(s)umbel; umbelwort; umbelworts; carrot; parsley; biscuitroot
Genus common name(s)carrot
Species common name(s)rattlesnake carrot; rattlesnake wild carrot; rattlesnake wild-carrot; American wild carrot; American wild-carrot; American carrot; southwestern wild carrot; southwestern wild-carrot; southwestern carrot; southwest wild carrot; southwest wild-carrot; southwest carrot; little wild carrot; little wild-carrot; small Queen Anne's lace; small Queen Anne's-lace; rattlesnake cure
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawild carrot, wild-carrot are applied to multiple Apriaceae taxa; rattlesnake-weed, rattlesnake weed, yerba de la vibora are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesAmerican, Queen Anne are proper names, so upper case preferable
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