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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 wrightii
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)Wright's datura; Wright's jimson-weed; Wright's jimson weed; Wright's jimsonweed; Wright datura; Wright jimson-weed; Wright jimson weed; Wright jimsonweed; western jimson-weed; western jimson weed; western jimsonweed; sacred thorn-apple; sacred thorn apple; sacred thornapple; harmless jimsonweed; innocent jimsonweed; selguacha
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketslarge-flowered datura [Datura meteloides]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasacred datura, sweet-scented datura, sweet scented datura, entire-leaved thorn-apple 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, devil's-trumpet, devils trumpet, trumpet, trumpets, trumpet-flower, trumpet flower, witches'-herb, witches' herb, witches-herb, witch's herb are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian-apple, Indian apple
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcDatura meteloides A. DC.
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