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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 (

TaxonTorilis arvensis
Family common name(s)umbel; umbelwort; umbelworts; carrot; parsley; biscuitroot
Genus common name(s)torilis; hedge-parsley; hedge parsley; hedgeparsley; sockbane; sock-destroyer; sock destroyer
Species common name(s)tall sock-destroyer; tall sock destroyer; tall sockbane; field torilis; field hedge-parsley; field hedge parsley; field hedgeparsley; field bur-parsley; spreading hedge-parsley; spreading hedgeparsley; spreading hedge parsley; spreading bur-parsley; common hedge-parsley; common hedge parsley; common hedgeparsley; roadside hedge parsley; Canada hedgeparsle
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaJapanese hedge-parsley, Japanese hedge parsley are more commonly applied to Torilis japonica; beggar's-lice, beggar's lice, beggars lice, beggars-lice are applied to taxa in multiple families; wild parsley, velcro plant are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCanada is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. purpurea (Ten.) Hayek
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