Directory       News       Site Map       Home

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 crenulata
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)crenulate spurge; crenate spurge; beetle euphorbia; Chinese-caps spurge; Chinese caps spurge; Chinese caps; Chinese-caps; Chinesecaps
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabeetle spurge is more commonly applied to Euphorbia eriantha; tithymal, thymalos are applied to multiple Euphorbia taxa; milkweed, milk-weed, milk weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesChinese is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcTithymalus crenulatus (Engelm.) A. Heller
  Copyright © 2017 Regents of the University of California — Updated 02 June 2017