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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 (

TaxonVicia tetrasperma
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)vetch; tare; tare-vetch; tare vetch; tare-tyne
Species common name(s)four-seeded vetch; four seeded vetch; four-seed vetch; four seed vetch; fourseed vetch; four-seed sparrow vetch; multi-seeded slender vetch; many-seeded slender tare; small-flowered blue vetch; lentil vetch; smooth tare
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalentil tare, lentil-tare, slender vetch, slender tare, smooth vetch, tiny vetch, sparrow vetch are applied to multiple Vicia taxa; wild lentil, wild-pea, wild pea are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
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