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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 (

TaxonEremogone kingii var. glabrescens
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)eremogone
Species common name(s)King's sandwort; King sandwort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaprickly sandwort is applied to multiple Eremogone (Arenaria) taxa; sandwort, sand-wort, sand wort are applied to multiple Caryophyllaceae taxa
NotesKing is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Kings is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcArenaria kingii (S. Watson) M.E. Jones var. glabrescens (S. Watson) Maguire; Arenaria kingii (S. Watson) M. E. Jones subsp. compacta (Coville) Maguire; Arenaria compacta Coville
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