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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 (

TaxonAsclepias californica
Family common name(s)dogbane; dog-bane; dog bane; dogbanes; oleander
Genus common name(s)asclepias
Species common name(s)California milkweed; California milk-weed; Californian milkweed; California Desert milkweed; California desert milkweed; California round-hooded milkweed; California round-hood milkweed; California round hood milkweed; round-hooded milkweed; round hooded milkweed; round-hood milkweed; round hood milkweed; hornless woolly milkweed; Sierra milkweed
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsGreene's California milkweed [subsp. greenei]; Greene's milkweed [subsp. greenei]; Greene California milkweed [subsp. greenei]; Greene milkweed [subsp. greenei]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamilkweed, milk-weed, milk weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Noteswhen Sierra is used as a proper name, upper case preferable; Greene is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Greenes, Green, Greens, Green's are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAsclepiadaceae; subsp. californica; subsp. greenei Woodson; Gomphocarpus tomentosus (Torr.) A. Gray, Illegitimate
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