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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 (

TaxonCalliandra eriophylla
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)calliandra; fairy-duster; fairy duster; fairyduster; mock mesquite; stick-pea; stickpea
Species common name(s)false-mesquite calliandra; false mesquite calliandra; hairy-leaved calliandra; hairy-leafed calliandra; pink fairy-duster; pink fairy duster; pink fairyduster; desert fairy-duster; desert fairy duster; desert fairy duster; fairy-duster mesquitilla; fairyduster mesquitilla; fairy-duster false-mesquite; fairy duster false mesquite; pink false mesquite; hairy-leaved calliandra; hairy leaved calliandra; hairy-leafed calliandra; hairy-leaf calliandra
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamesquitilla, false-mesquite calliandra, false mesquite calliandra, native fairy duster are applied to multiple Calliandra taxa; stick pea is applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
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