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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 (

TaxonAllium falcifolium
Family common name(s)onion; garlic
Genus common name(s)allium; onion; wild onion; garlic; wild garlic; ramps; ramp; leeks; leek; landlauch
Species common name(s)sickle-leaved onion; sickle leaved onion; sickleleaved onion; sickle-leaved wild onion; sickle leaved wild onion; sickleleaved wild onion; sickle-leaved garlic; sickle-leafed onion; sickle-leaf onion; sickle leaf onion; sickleleaf onion; scythe-leaved onion; scythe leaved onion; scythe-leaf onion; scythe leaf onion; scytheleaf onion; coast flat-stem onion; coast flat stem onion; coast flatstem onion; coast fatstem onion
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsBrewer's onion [Allium breweri]
NotesBrewer is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Brewers is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLiliaceae s.l.; var. breweri (S. Watson) M.E. Jones; Allium breweri S. Watson
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