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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 nodosa
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)short sock-destroyer; short sock destroyer; small sock-destroyer; small sock destroyer; small sockbane; knotted hedge-parsley; knotted hedge parsley; knotted hedgeparsley; knotted bur-parsley; knotted bur parsley; knotted sockbane; knotted sock-destroyer; knotted sock destroyer; knotted hen’s-foot; knot hedge-parsley; knot hedge parsley
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawild parsley, hedgehog parsley are applied to multiple Apiaceae taxa; hedge-nettle, hedge nettle, hedgenettle are more commonly applied to Stachys
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