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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 polycarpa
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)small-seeded spurge; small seeded spurge; small-seeded sandmat; small-seeded sand mat; small-seed sand-mat; small-seed sandmat; small seed sandmat; smallseed sandmat; many-seeded spurge; many-fruit spurge; manyfruit spurge; Sentenac spurge
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketshairy small-seeded spurge [var. hirtella]; hairy small seeded spurge [var. hirtella]; hairy golondrina [var. hirtella]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaBig Bend spurge, Big Bend broomspurge are more commonly applied to var. simulans; yerba golondrina, golondrina, desert spurge, sand spurge are applied to multiple Euphorbiaceae taxa; sand-mat, sandmat, sand mat, carpet-weed, carpetweed, carpet weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcChamaesyce polycarpa (Benth.) Millsp., including var. hirtella (Boiss.) Millsp. ex Parish
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