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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 (

TaxonDatura ferox
Family common name(s)nightshade; night-shade; night shade; nightshades; potato
Genus common name(s)datura; dattura; dhattura; dhatura; jimson-weed; jimson weed; jimsonweed; Jamestown-weed; Jamestown weed; jimpson weed; toloache; tolguacha
Species common name(s)fierce thorn-apple; fierce thorn apple; fierce thornapple; long-spined thorn-apple; long-spined thorn apple; long spined thorn apple; long-spined thornapple; long-spine thorn-apple; long-spine thorn apple; longspine thornapple; long-spine thornapple; longspine thorn apple; large thorn-apple; large thorn apple; large thornapple
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaChinese datura, Chinese thorn-apple, Chinese thornapple are applied to multiple Datura taxa; thorn-apple, thornapple, thorn apple, angel trumpets, angel's trumpets, angel's-trumpet, angel trumpet, angeltrumpet, angel's trumpet flower, Gabriel's trumpet, Gabriel trumpet, trumpet, trumpets, trumpet-flower, trumpet flower, witches'-herb, witches' herb, witches-herb, witch's herb, fireweed, fire-weed, fire weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesChinese is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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