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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 (

TaxonPolygala cornuta var. cornuta
Family common name(s)polygala; milkwort; milkworts
Genus common name(s)polygala
Species common name(s)horned polygala; horned milkwort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSierra, Sierran are most appropriately applied to the typical var.; milkwort, milk-wort, milk wort, snakeroot, snake-root, snake root are applied to taxa in multiple families
Noteswhen Sierra is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
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