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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 (

TaxonMedicago minima
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)medicago; medick; medic; bur medick; burr medick; bur medic; burr medic; burmedic; burrmedic; burclover; burrclover; bur-clover; bur clover; burr clover; burr-clover; melilot; melilot trefoil; nonsuch; alfalfa; alphalpha
Species common name(s)small medick; small medic; small burr-medic; small burr medic; small bur-clover; small bur clover; small burclover; little medick; little medic; little bur medick; little bur medic; little burr medic; little bur-clover; little bur clover; little burr-clover; little burclover; least medick; least medic; least bur-clover; least burclover; woolly bur medick; woolly bur medic; woolly burr-medick; woolly burr medick; woolly burr-medic; woolly bur medic; woolly burr medic; wooly burr medic; goldfields medic
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaprickly medick, annual medick, annual medic are applied to multiple Medicago taxa; hop clover, hop-clover, trefoil are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; nonesuch is applied to taxa in multiple families
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