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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 (

TaxonLappula redowskii var. redowskii
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)lappula; burseed; bur-seed; bur seed
Species common name(s)Redowski's stickseed; Redowski's stickweed; Redowski stickseed; Redowski stickweed; western stickweed; western beggar's-lice; western beggar's lice; western bluebur; western blue-bur; western blue bur; flat-spine stickseed; flatspine stickseed; flat-spine stickweed; flatspine stickweed; flat-spine sheepbur; flat-spine sheepburr; flat spine sheepburr; flatspine sheep-burr; hairy stickseed; hairy stick seed; hairy sticktight; desert stickseed; white stickseed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon stickseed, western stickseed is applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; western stick-tight, stickseed, stick-seed, stick seed, sticktight, stick-tight, stick tight, sticktights, stick-tights, stick tights, beggarticks, beggar's-ticks, beggar's ticks, beggars' tick, beggars-ticks, beggar ticks, beggar-ticks, beggar's-lice, beggar's lice, beggars lice, beggars-lice, beggar-lice, beggar lice, beggarlice, burr-seed, burrseed, burr, sheepburr, sheep burr, sheep's burr, sheep-bur, sheepbur, sheep's bur, sheepburr seed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesRedowski is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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