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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 (

TaxonErodium botrys
Family common name(s)geranium; geraniums; crane's-bill; crane's bill
Genus common name(s)filaree; fileree; filerie; filarel; filaria; alfilaree; alfilaria; alfileria; alfiliria; alfilerilla; alfillarilla; alfilarilla; alfillaria; alfilleria; storkbill filaree; stork's-bill; stork's bill; storks' bill; storksbill; storkbill; heron's-bill; heron's bill; herons-bill; heron-bill; heron bill; heronbill; pin-clover; pin clover; pinclover
Species common name(s)long-beaked filaree; long beaked filaree; long-beaked stork's-bill; long-beaked stork's bill; long-beaked storksbill; long-beak filaree; long beak filaree; long-beak stork's-bill; long-beak stork's bill; long-beak storksbill; longbeak stork's-bill; longbeak stork's bill; longbeak storksbill; long-beak heron's-bill; long-beak heron's bill; long-fruit broad-leaf filaree; longfruit broad-leaf filaree; broad-leaved filaree; broad-leaf filaree; broad leaf filaree; broadleaf filaree; big heron's-bill; big heron's bill; big heron-bill; big heron bill; big herons-bill; big herons bill; big heron bill
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaMediterranean stork's-bill, Mediterranean stork's bill, Mediterranean storksbill, large-flowered filaree are applied to multiple Erodium taxa; cranesbill, crane's-bill, crane's bill, cranebill are more commonly applied to Geranium; pin-weed, pin weed, pinweed, pin-grass, pin grass, pingrass, clocks are applied to taxa in multiple families
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