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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 (

TaxonDrosera rotundifolia
Family common name(s)sundew; sundews
Genus common name(s)drosera; sundew; sun-dew; dew of the sun; sondouw; sondou; ros-solis; ros solis; rosa solis
Species common name(s)round-leaved drosera; round leaved drosera; round-leaved sundew; round leaved sundew; roundleaved sundew; round-leaved sun-dew; round-leaved sun dew; round-leafed drosera; round-leafed sundew; round leafed sundew; round-leaf drosera; round leaf drosera; round-leaf sundew; roundleaf sundew; round leaf sundew; roundleaf drosera; roundleaf sundew; round-leaved dew plant; round leaved dew plant; round-leaf dew plant; youthwort; youth wort; lustwort; lust-wort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon sundew, common sun-dew, common sun dew are applied to multiple Drosera taxa; dew-plant, dew plant, dew-grass, dew grass, eye-bright, eyebright, moor-grass, moor grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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