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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 (

TaxonTribulus terrestris
Family common name(s)caltrop; creosote-bush; creosote bush; bean caper; bean caper; bean capers
Genus common name(s)tribulus; puncture-vine; puncture vine; puncturevine; puncture-weed; puncture weed; punctureweed
Species common name(s)common puncture-vine; common puncture vine; common puncturevine; weedy puncture-vine; weedy puncture vine; weedy puncturevine; common puncture-weed; common puncture weed; puncture-vine caltrop; puncture vine caltrop; puncturevine caltrop; land caltrop; land caltrops; small caltrop; small caltrops; small calthrops; tackweed caltrop; common dubbeltjie; goat's head burr; goat's head bur; goats head burr; goats head bur; ground bur-nut; round burnut; ground burr-nut; ground burr nut; ground burrnut; ground bar-nut; automobile-weed; automobile weed; Texas sandbur; Mexican sandbur; !#&! stickers
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxayellow vine is applied to multiple Tribulus taxa; caltrop, calthrop, caltrops, calthrops, goat head, goat-head, goathead, goat's head, goats head, goatshead, bullhead, bull head, bull's head, cat's head, cat head, cathead, devil's weed, devil's-weed, devil's thorn, devil's-thorn, tackweed, tack weed, bindy-eye, bindy eye, bindii, bindie, Maltese cross, sand burr, sand-burr, sandburr, sand-bur, sand bur, sandbur are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesTexas, Mexican are proper names, so upper case preferable
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