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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 (

TaxonGeranium bicknellii
Family common name(s)geranium; geraniums; crane's-bill; crane's bill
Genus common name(s)geranium; crane's-bill; crane's bill; cranesbill; cranes-bill; cranes bill; cranebill; crane-bil
Species common name(s)Bicknell's geranium; Bicknell's crane's-bill; Bicknell's crane's bill; Bicknell's cranesbill; Bicknell's northern crane's-bill; Bicknell's northern crane's bill; Bicknell geranium; Bicknell crane's-bill; Bicknell crane's bill; Bicknell cranesbill; Bicknell northern crane's-bill; Bicknell northern crane's bill
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxanorthern crane's-bill, northern crane's bill, northern cranesbill, slender crane's bill, slender cranes-bill, slender cranebill are applied to multiple Geranium taxa; wild geranium, wild-geranium are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesBicknell is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Bicknells, Bicknells' are errors
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