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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 (

TaxonTrifolium hybridum
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)clover; true clover; claver; clower; true trefoil
Species common name(s)alsike clover; Alsike clover; Alsatian clover; Swedish clover; Swedish clower; elegant clover; hybrid clover; hybrid-klee; bastard clover; bastard klee; bastard-klee
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxashowy clover is applied to multiple Trifolium taxa; trefoil, triphyllon are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; honey-clover, honey clover are more commonly applied to Melilotus
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