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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 (

TaxonAcmispon nevadensis var. nevadensis
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)acmispon
Species common name(s)Sierra Nevada lotus; Sierra Nevada hosackia; Sierra Nevada trefoil; Nevada bird's-foot-trefoil; Nevada bird's-foot trefoil; Nevada bird's foot trefoil; Nevada birdsfoot trefoil; Nevada trefoil; Nevada deer-vetch; Nevada deer vetch; Nevada deervetch; matted lotus
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsDouglas's bird's-foot trefoil [var. douglasii]; Douglas' bird's-foot trefoil [var. douglasii]; Douglas bird's-foot trefoil [var. douglasii]; decumbent hosackia [Hosackia decumbens]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatrefoil, deer-vetch, deer vetch, deervetch are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
NotesDouglas is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Dougla's is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLotus nevadensis (S. Watson) Greene var. nevadensis; Hosackia decumbens Benth.; Hosackia decumbens Benth. var. nevadensis S. Watson
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