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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 (

TaxonRanunculus acris
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; buttercups; goldcups; gold-cups; gilt-cups
Species common name(s)acrid buttercup; acrid butter-cup; common tall buttercup; tall meadow buttercup; giant buttercup; upright buttercup; upright buttercups; upright crowfoot; upright crow-foot; goldicup; goldicups; guilty-cup; guilty cup; guiltycup; burwort; bur-wort; burrwort; queen's-button; queen's button; queens-button; yellow pileweed; yellow pile-weed; yellow-caul; yellow caul; wenwort; bouton d'or; bouton-d'or
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon buttercup, common butter-cup, field buttercup, tall field buttercup, tall field buttercups, tall crowfoot, tall crow-foot, upright meadow crowfoot, meadow-bloom, meadow bloom, meadowbloom, biting crowfoot, acrid crowfoot, acrid buttercups, blister buttercup, blister butter cup, blisters buttercup, blister-flower, blister flower, blisterflower, blister-weed, blister weed, blisterweed, blister-wort, blisterwort, tall buttercup, tall butter-cup, showy buttercup, goldballs, gold-balls, gold balls, golden-knops, golden knops, gold-knops, gold knops, horse-gold, horse gold are applied to multiple Ranunculus taxa; meadow buttercup, king-cup, king cup, kingcup, king's-cup, king's cup are applied to multiple Ranunculaceae taxa; crowfoot, crow-foot, crow foot, crow's foot, crowsfoot, goldcup, goldweed, gold-weed, gold weed, gowan, gowans, yellow gowan, yellow-gowan, yellow gowans, butter-flower, butter flower, butter-daisy, butter daisy, yellow daisy, yellow-daisy, yellow weed, yellow-weed, butter-rose, butter rose, butter-cress, butter cress, buttercress, butter cresses, blister plant, bachelor's button, bachelor's-button, bachelor's buttons, bachelor's-buttons, bachelors-button, bachelors-buttons, bachelors buttons, bachelors' buttons, soldier's-buttons, soldier's buttons, soldiers buttons, cuckoo-buds, cuckoo buds, cuckoo flower, Mary-buds, Mary-bud, Mary bud, globe amaranth, hunger-weed, hunger weed, hungerweed are applied to taxa in multiple families; yellow cress Is more commonly applied to Rorippa
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