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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 (

TaxonHypericum androsaemum
Family common name(s)Saint John's wort; St John's wort; St John's-wort; St Johnswort; St John's-worts
Genus common name(s)hypericum; Saint John's wort; Saint-John's-wort; Saint Johns wort; St John's-wort; St John's wort; St Johns wort; St Johnswort; herb of St John; yerba-de-San-Juan; yerba de San Juan; herbe St Jean; St John's grass; Johanniskraut; John's-wort; John's wort; Johnswort; herb John
Species common name(s)sweet-amber; sweet amber; tutsan St John's-wort; tutsan St John's wort; tutsan St Johnswort; tutsan plant; tutsan
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSt John's plant, St John's herb, orange-grass, orange grass, orangegrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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