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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 (

TaxonAnemone multifida var. multifida
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)anemone
Species common name(s)cut-leaved anemone; cut leaved anemone; cut-leaved windflower; cut-leafed anemone; cut-leaf anemone; cut leaf anemone; cutleaf anemone; many-cleft anemone; many cleft anemone; cleft anemone; clefted anemone; Pacific anemone; Argentine anemone; cliff anemone; cliff windflower; early anemone; early thimbleweed; red wind anemone; red anemone; red wind-flower; red wind flower; red windflower
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsglobeflower anemone [var. globosa]; globose anemone [var. globosa]; globe anemone [var. globosa]; Hudson's anemone [var. hudsoniana]; Hudson anemone [var. hudsoniana]; Hudson Bay anemone [var. hudsoniana]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawind-flower, wind flower, windflower are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPacific is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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