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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 (

TaxonEuphorbia parishii
Family common name(s)euphorb; spurge; spurges
Genus common name(s)euphorbia; spurge; wolf's-milk; wolf's milk; wolfs-milk; wolfs milk; wolfsmilk; wolf-milk; wolf milk; wolfmilk
Species common name(s)Parrish's spurge; Parish's prostrate-spurge; Parish's prostrate spurge; Parish's broomspurge; Parish's sandmat; Parrish spurge; Parish prostrate-spurge; Parish prostrate spurge; Parish broomspurge; Parish sandmat
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasand-mat, sandmat, sand mat, carpet-weed, carpetweed, carpet weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesParish is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Parishs is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcChamaesyce parishii (Greene) Millsp.
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