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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 (

TaxonPlantago rhodosperma
Family common name(s)plantain; plantains
Genus common name(s)plantago; rib-grass; rib grass; ribgrass; rib-wort; rib wort; ribwort
Species common name(s)red-seeded plantain; red-seed plantain; red seed plantain; redseed plantain
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaplantain, lamb's-tongue, lamb's tongue, white man's foot steps, white man's footsteps, white-man's foot, white man's foot, white-man's-foot, whiteman's foot are applied to taxa in multiple families; Virginia plantain is more commonly applied to Plantago virginica
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian-wheat, Indian wheat, Indianwheat
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