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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 (

TaxonDipsacus sativus
Family common name(s)teasel; teaselwort; teaselworts
Genus common name(s)teasel; teazel; teasle; teazle
Species common name(s)Indian teasel; Indian teazel; Indian teasle
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawild teasel, fulller's teasel, fullers' teasel, common teasel, cultivated teasel are applied to both D. fullonum and D. sativus; white teasel is applied to multiple Dipsacus taxa; fuller's thistle, Indian thistle applied to taxa in multiple families
Notesorigin unclear (varies by source), Indian teasel may be misnomer; Indian is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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