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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 (

TaxonAbronia nana var. covillei
Family common name(s)four-o'clock; four o'clock; four-o-clock; four o'clocks; 4-o'clock; 4 o'clock
Genus common name(s)abronia
Species common name(s)dwarf abronia; dwarf sand-verbena; dwarf sand verbena; dwarf sandverbena; low sand-verbena; low sand verbena
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalittle sand-verbena, little sand verbena, sand-verbena, sand verbena, sandverbena, sand-puffs, sand puffs, sandpuffs are applied to multiple Nyctaginaceae taxa; heart’s delight is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCoville is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Covilles is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. covillei (Heimerl) Munz
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