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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 (

TaxonValeriana pubicarpa
Family common name(s)valerian; valerians
Genus common name(s)valeriana; valerian
Species common name(s)hairy-fruit valeriana; hairy-fruit valerian; hairy fruit valerian; hairyfruit valerian
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain valerian is applied to multiple Valeriana taxa; tobacco-root, tobacco root are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcValeriana acutiloba Rydb. var. pubicarpa (Rydb.) Cronquist
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