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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 (

TaxonEryngium mathiasiae
Family common name(s)umbel; umbelwort; umbelworts; carrot; parsley; biscuitroot
Genus common name(s)eryngium; eryngium thistle; eryngo; coyote thistle; coyote-thistle; coyotethistle; button-celery; button celery; buttoncelery
Species common name(s)Mathias's button-celery; Mathias's button celery; Mathias's coyote-thistle; Mathias's coyote thistle; Mathias's eryngo; Mathias' button-celery; Mathias' button celery; Mathias' coyote-thistle; Mathias' coyote thistle; Mathias' eryngo; Mathias button-celery; Mathias button celery; Mathias coyote-thistle; Mathias coyote thistle; Mathias eryngo
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabutton snakeroot, button-snakeroot, sea holly, spiny bastard are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesMathias is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Mathia's, Matthias are errors
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