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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 (

TaxonSolanum douglasii
Family common name(s)nightshade; night-shade; night shade; nightshades; potato
Genus common name(s)solanum; nightshade; night-shade; night shade
Species common name(s)Douglas's nightshade; Douglas's night-shade; Douglas's night shade; Douglas's horse-nettle; Douglas' nightshade; Douglas' night-shade; Douglas' night shade; Douglas' horse-nettle; Douglas nightshade; Douglas night-shade; Douglas night shade; Douglas horse-nettle; green-spot nightshade; greenspot nightshade
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite nightshade, white-flowered nightshade, black nightshade are applied to multiple Solanum taxa; horse-nettle, horse nettle, horsenettle, buffalo-bur, buffalobur, buffalo bur, buffalo-burr, buffaloburr, buffalo burr, bittersweet, bitter-sweet are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesDouglas is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Dougla's is an error
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