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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 (

TaxonSphaerophysa salsula
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)sphaerophysa
Species common name(s)alkali Swainson-pea; alkali Swainson's pea; alkali Swainsonpea; alkali swainsonpea; Austrian peaweed; Austrian pea-weed; Austrian pea weed; red bladder-vetch; red bladder vetch; red bladdervetch; salt globe-pea; salt globe pea; salt globepea
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaglobe-pea is applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSwainsona salsula (Pall.) Taubert in Engler & Prantl
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