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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 (

TaxonBoerhavia coulteri var. palmeri
Family common name(s)four-o'clock; four o'clock; four-o-clock; four o'clocks; 4-o'clock; 4 o'clock
Genus common name(s)boerhavia; boerhaavia; spiderling; spiderlings; tar-vine; tar vine; tarvine; wineflower
Species common name(s)Coulter's boerhaavia; Coulter's boerhaavia; Coulter's spiderling; Coulter boerhaavia; Coulter boerhaavia; Coulter spiderling
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahog weed, hog-weed, hogweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPalmer, Coulter are proper names, so upper case preferable; Palmers, Coulters are errors
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