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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 (

TaxonKallstroemia parviflora
Family common name(s)caltrop; creosote-bush; creosote bush; bean caper; bean caper; bean capers
Genus common name(s)kallstroemia
Species common name(s)small-flowered kallstroemia; small-flowered caltrop; few-flowered kallstroemia; few-flowered caltrop; few flowered caltrop; warty caltrop; warty kaltrop
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagreater caltrop, hairy caltrop are applied to multiple Kallstroemia taxa; caltrop, calthrop, caltrops, calthrops, carpet-weed, carpetweed, carpet weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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