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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 (

TaxonSphenosciadium capitellatum
Family common name(s)umbel; umbelwort; umbelworts; carrot; parsley; biscuitroot
Genus common name(s)sphenosciadium
Species common name(s)ranger's buttons; ranger's-buttons; rangers' buttons; rangers'-buttons; rangers buttons; rangers-buttons; ranger's button; button parsley; swamp white heads; swamp white-heads; swamp whiteheads; swamp white head; gray swamp-whiteheads; gray swamp whiteheads; grayswamp whiteheads; swamp zits; swamp-zits; woolly-head parsnip; woollyhead parsnip; woolyhead parsnip; woolly-headed parsnip; wooly-headed parsnip; woolyheaded parsnip
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