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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 (

TaxonSelaginella wallacei
Family common name(s)spike-moss; spike moss; spikemoss; moss-fern; moss fern; mossfern
Genus common name(s)selaginella; spike-moss; spikemoss; spike moss; moss-fern; moss fern; mossfern; clubmoss fern; club moss fern; club moss-fern
Species common name(s)Wallace's selaginella; Wallace's spike-moss; Wallace's spike moss; Wallace's spikemoss; Wallace's spike fern; Wallace's little-clubmoss; Wallace's little club-moss; Wallace's moss-fern; Wallace's moss fern; Wallace selaginella; Wallace spike-moss; Wallace's spike moss; Wallace spikemoss; Wallace spike fern; Wallace little-clubmoss; Wallace little club-moss; Wallace moss-fern; Wallace moss fern
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaresurrection fern is applied taxa in multiple families
NotesWallace is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Wallaces is an error
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