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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 (

TaxonPedicularis densiflora
Family common name(s)orobanch; broomrape; broom-rape; broom rape; broom-rapes; ground-cone; ground cone; groundcone
Genus common name(s)pedicularis; lousewort; louse-wort; louse wort
Species common name(s)dense-flowered pedicularis; dense-flowered lousewort; red-flowered pedicularis; red flowered pedicularis; red-flower pedicularis' red flower pedicularis; redflower pedicularis; red warrior; warrior's plume; warrior pedicularis
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawood-betony, wood betony, woodbetony, bumble-bee plant, bumble bee plant, bumblebee plant, fernleaf are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian-warrior, Indian warrior, Indianwarrior; Indian-warrior pedicularisr; Indian warrior pedicularisr; Indianwarrior pedicularis
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.; subsp. densiflora; subsp. aurantiaca E.F. Sprague; Pedicularis aurantiaca (E.F. Sprague) Monfils & Prather
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