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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 (

TaxonEpilobium clavatum
Family common name(s)evening primrose; evening-primrose; evening primroses
Genus common name(s)epilobium; epiloby; spike-primrose; spike primrose; spikeprimrose
Species common name(s)clavate-fruited willow-herb; clavate-fruit willow-herb; clavate-fruit willowherb; clavate-fruit willow-weed; clavate-fruit willowweed; clavatefruit willowweed; club-fruited willow-herb; club-fruited willowherb; club fruited willowherb; club-fruit willow-herb; club-fruit willow herb; club-fruit willowherb; club fruit willowherb; clubfruit willowherb; talus willow-herb; talus willowherb
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacottonweed, cotton-weed, cotton weed, willow-herb, willow herb, willowherb, willow-weed, willow weed, willowweed, fireweed, fire-weed, fire weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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