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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 (

TaxonPotentilla recta
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)potentilla; cinquefoil; cinque-foil; cinque foil; synkefoyle; synke-foyle; synke foyle; cinkfoyl; cink-foyl; cink foyl; five-leaved grass; five leaved grass; five-leafed grass; five leafed grass; five-leaf grass; five leaf grass; fiveleaf grass; five-fingered grass; five fingered grass; five-finger grass; five finger grass; fivefinger grass; fivefinger-grass; sunkfield
Species common name(s)sulphur potentilla; sulphur cinquefoil; sulphur cinque-foil; sulphur cinque foil; sulphur five-finger; sulphur five-fingers; sulfur potentilla; sulfur cinquefoil; sulfer five-finger; sulfur five-fingers; rough-fruited cinquefoil; rough fruited cinquefoil; roughfruited cinquefoil; rough-fruit cinquefoil; roughfruit cinquefoil; cinquefoil weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaerect cinquefoil, upright potentilla, upright cinquefoil, rough cinquefoil, rough cinque-foil, rough cinque foil, rough-leaved cinquefoil, five-fingered cinquefoil, five fingered cinquefoil, five-finger cinquefoil, five finger cinquefoil, fivefinger cinquefoil, yellow cinquefoil, yellow-flowered cinquefoil, tall five-finger, tall five finger, European cinquefoil, European cinque-foil, European cinque foil, weedy cinquefoil, tormentil, strawberryweed are applied to multiple Potentilla taxa; five-finger, five finger, fivefinger, five-fingers, five fingers, prince's feather, prince's-feather are applied taxa in multiple families
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