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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 (

TaxonGlycyrrhiza lepidota
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)licorice; liquorice
Species common name(s)American licorice; American liquorice; American wild licorice; Nuttall's licorice; Nuttall's liquorice; Deseret-weed; Deseret weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawild licorice, liquorice, sweet-wood, sweetwood, sweetroot, sweet-root, sweet root, buffalo-bur, buffalobur, buffalo bur, buffalo-burr, buffaloburr, buffalo burr are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesAmerica, Nuttall, Deseret are proper names, so upper case preferable; Nuttalls, Nuttal, Nuttals, Nuttal's, Nuttals' are errors
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