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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 (

TaxonPsilotum nudum
Family common name(s)whisk-fern; whisk fern
Genus common name(s)psilotum; whisk-fern; whisk fern; whiskfern
Species common name(s)naked psilotum; skeleton whisk-fern; skeleton whisk fern; skeleton whiskfern; skeleton fork-fern; skeleton fork fern; skeleton forkfern
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLycopodium nudum L.
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