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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 (

TaxonPediomelum californicum
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)pediomelum; breadroot scurfpea; breadroot scurf-pea; breadroot scurf pea; bread-root scurf-pea; bread-root scurf pea; bread root scurf-pea; bread root scurf pea; bread-root scurfpea; bread root scurfpea; breadroot; bread-root; bread root
Species common name(s)California breadroot; California bread-root; California psoralea
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia scurfpea, California scurf-pea, scurf-pea, scurf pea, scurfpea are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: California Indian breadroot, Indian breadroot, Indian bread-root, Indian bread root, Indian turnip
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPsoralea californica S. Watson
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