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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 (

TaxonPolygala intermontana
Family common name(s)polygala; milkwort; milkworts
Genus common name(s)polygala
Species common name(s)Intermountain polygala; Intermountain milkwort; intermountain polygala; intermountain milkwort; Great Basin polygala; Great Basin milkwort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamilkwort, milk-wort, milk wort, snakeroot, snake-root, snake root are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPolygala acanthoclada A. Gray var. intricata Eastw.
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