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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 (

TaxonAquilegia shockleyi
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)columbine
Species common name(s)Shockley's columbine; Shockley columbine; Mojave columbine
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert columbine, western columbine are applied to multiple Aquilegia taxa; crimson columbine is more commonly applied to Aquilegia formosa
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