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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 (

TaxonHosackia gracilis
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)hosackia
Species common name(s)seaside lotus; seaside birds-foot lotus; seaside bird's-foot-trefoil; seaside bird's-foot trefoil; seaside bird's foot trefoil; seaside trefoil; coast deervetch; slender hosackia; bicolored lotus; witch's lotus; witches' teeth; witches teeth; witch's-teeth; witch's teeth
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacoastal lotus, coastal hosackia, coast lotus, coast hosackia, coast trefoil, harlequin lotus are applied to multiple Lotus s.l. taxa; trefoil is applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLotus formosissimus Greene
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