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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 (

TaxonSpergularia villosa
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)sand-spurrey; sand spurrey; sandspurrey; sand-spurry; sand spurry; sandspurry; spurrey sandwort; bed-sandwort; bedsandwort; three-valved sandwort; three-valve sandwort
Species common name(s)villous sand-spurrey; villous sand spurrey; villous sandspurrey; villous sand-spurry; villous sand spurry; villous sandspurry; villous sand spurry; hairy sand-spurrey; hairy sand spurrey; hairy sandspurrey; hairy sand-spurry; hairy sand spurry; hairy sandspurry; perennial white spurrey
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite sand-spurrey, white sandspurrey, white sand-spurry, white sand spurry are applied to multiple Spergularia taxa; chickweed, chick-weed, chick weed are applied taxa in multiple families
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