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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 serpens
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)serpent euphorbia; serpent spurge; serpent mat-spurge; round-leaved spurge; round leaved spurge; round-leafed spurge; round-leaf spurge; round-leaf mat-spurge; roundleaf mat spurge; round-leaved spreading spurge; round-leaf spreading spurge; matted broomspurge; matted broom-spurge; matted sandmat; matted sand-mat; mat euphorbia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacreeping spurge, annual spurge, mat-spurge, mat 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 serpens (Kunth) Small
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