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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 (

TaxonAlhagi maurorum
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)alhagi
Species common name(s)camel-thorn; camel thorn; camelthorn; camel's thorn; camels thorn; camelsthorn; camel thorn bush; Caspian manna
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaPersian manna is applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; thorn bush, thorn-bush applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAlhagi pseudalhagi (M. Bieb.) Desv.
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