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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 (

TaxonAstragalus didymocarpus var. obispoensis
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)astragalus; milkvetch; milk-vetch; milk vetch; sheep-pod; sheep pod; sheeppod; bastard-vetch; bastard vetch; painted-pod; painted pod; paintedpod; poison-vetch; poison vetch; poisonvetch; pop-pea; rattle-vetch; rattle vetch; rattlebox-weed; rattle-box weed
Species common name(s)two-seeded milkvetch; two-seeded milk-vetch; two seeded milk vetch; two-seeded locoweed; two-seed milk-vetch; twin locoweed; twin loco; dwarf white milkvetch; dwarf white milk-vetch; dwarf white milk vetch; common dwarf milkvetch; common dwarf locoweed; white dwarf locoweed; dwarf astragalus; two-sided milkvetch
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadwarf locoweed, dwarf loco-weed, dwarf loco weed, dwarf loco are applied to multiple Astragalus taxa; San Luis Obispo milkvetch, San Luis Obispo milkvetch applied to multiple Astragalus taxa; locoweed, loco-weed, loco weed, locovetch, loco-vetch, loco vetch, loco, buffalo bean, buffalo beans, buffalo-pea, buffalo pea, buffalo peas are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; rattle-weed, rattle weed, rattleweed, rattlebox, rattle-box, rattle box, poison-weed, poison weed, poisonweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian pea
NotesSan Obispo milkvetch is probably an error; this taxon is not known from San Luis Obispo County, so origin of application of common names San Luis Obispo milkvetch, San Luis Obispo milk-vetch unclear
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