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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 (

TaxonCuscuta campestris
Family common name(s)morning-glory; morning glory; morningglory; bindweed; bindweeds
Genus common name(s)cuscuta; dodder; witches' shoelaces; witch's hair; devil's-ringlet; hairweed; hellbine; hell-bind; hell bind
Species common name(s)field dodder; field-dodder; western field dodder; yellow dodder; gewone dodder
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon dodder, golden dodder, alfalfa dodder, large-seeded alfalfa dodder, large seeded alfalfa dodder are applied to multiple Cuscuta taxa; golden thread, golden-thread, goldenthread, live-vine, angel's hair, devil's-hair, devil's hair, devils hair, devil's-gut, devil's gut, devil's-guts, devil's guts, devilgut, devilguts, witch's hair are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCuscutaceae; Cuscuta pentagona Engelm. var. calycina Engelm.
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