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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 richardsonii
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)Richardson's geranium; Richardson's crane's-bill; Richardson's cranes-bill; Richardson's cranes bill; Richardson's cranesbill; Richardson's cranebill; Richardson geranium; Richardson crane's-bill; Richardson cranes-bill; Richardson cranes bill; Richardson cranesbill; Richardson cranebil; Little-Dick geranium; little-Dick geranium
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite geranium, white crane's-bill, white crane's bill, white cranesbill, white wild geranium are applied to multiple Geranium taxa; wild geranium, wild-geranium are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesRichardson is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Richardsons is an error
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