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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 (

TaxonPolystichum kruckebergii
Family common name(s)wood fern; wood-fern; woodfern
Genus common name(s)polystichum; polystich; polystic; sword-fern; sword fern; swordfern; Christmas fern
Species common name(s)Kruckeberg's sword-fern; Kruckeberg's sword fern; Kruckeberg's swordfern; Kruckeberg's holly-fern; Kruckeberg's holly fern; Kruckeberg's hollyfern; Kruckeberg sword-fern; Kruckeberg sword fern; Kruckeberg swordfern; Kruckeberg holly-fern; Kruckeberg holly fern; Kruckeberg hollyfern
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaholly fern, holly-fern, hollyfern, shield-fern, shield fern are applied to multiple Dryopteridaceae taxa
NotesKruckeberg is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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