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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 (

TaxonUrtica urens
Family common name(s)nettle
Genus common name(s)urtica; stingy nettle; stinging-nettel; stinging nettel
Species common name(s)burning nettle; small burning nettle; dwarf stinging-nettle; dwarf stinging nettle; dwarf stingingnettle; dwarf nettle; annual dwarf nettle; common annual stinging nettle; common annual stinging-nettle; annual stinging-nettle; annual stinging nettle; annual nettle; small stinging-nettle; small stinging nettle; small nettle; lesser stinging-nettle; lesser stinging nettle; lesser nettle; nasty stingy nettle
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon stinging-nettle, common stinging nettle, common stingingnettle, common nettle, tanging nettle, sting-leaf, sting leaf, devil's-leaf, devil's leaf, devils leaf are applied to multiple Urtica taxa; dwarf nettle, devil's plaything are applied to multiple Urticaceae taxa; stinging nettle, stinging-nettle, stingingnettle, dog-nettle, dog nettle, dognettle, blue nettle are applied to taxa in multiple families
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