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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 (

TaxonGalium andrewsii subsp. intermedium
Family common name(s)madder; coffee
Genus common name(s)galium; gallio; gallion; gaillet; bedstraw; bed-straw; bed straw; cleavers; cleaver; cleaverwort; cleaver-wort; cleaver wort; cleavewort; clivers
Species common name(s)Andrews's bedstraw; Andrews' bedstraw; Andrews bedstraw; phlox-leaved bedstraw; phlox leaved bedstraw; phlox-leafed bedstraw; phlox-leaf bedstraw; phlox-leaf bed-straw; phlox-leaf bed straw; phlox leaf bedstraw; phlox leaf bed straw; phloxleaf bedstraw; needle bedstraw; needle-mat galium; needlemat galium; pine mat galium; pinemat galium; moss bedstraw
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapine-mat, pine mat, pinemat, beggar's-lice, beggar's lice, beggars lice, beggars-lice, beggar-lice, beggar lice, beggarlice are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesAndrews is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Andrew's, Andrew are errors
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