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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 (

TaxonOnobrychis viciifolia
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)onobrychis
Species common name(s)common sainfoin; common saintfoin; common sanfoin; cultivated sainfoin; cultivated saintfoin; Eski sainfoin; sanfoin; sand-foin; vicia-leaved holyclover; vicia-leaf holy-clover; vicia-leaf holy clover; vicia-leaf holyclover; vicialeaf holy-clover; vicialeaf holy clover; vetch holyclover; holy-clover; holy clover; medick fitch; esparcet; esparsette; esparsetti
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasaint foine, saintfoin, sainfoin, holy hay, holy-hay, holyhay, wild clover, cock's-head, cock's head, cock's head plant are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; French-grass, French grass, Frenchgrass, everlasting-grass, everlasting grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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