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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 brachycarpum
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)short-fruited filaree; short fruited filaree; short-fruited stork's-bill; short-fruited stork's bill; short-fruit filaree; shortfruit filaree; short-fruit stork's-bill; short-fruit stork's bill; short fruit stork's bill; short-fruit storksbill; shortfruit stork's bill; short-fruit heron's-bill; short-fruit heron's bill; short-beak filaree; short beak filaree; short-beak storksbeak; foothill filaree; early filaree; hairy-pitted stork's-bill; hairy pitted stork's bill; hairy-pit heron's-bill; hairy pit heron's bill
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabroad-leaved filaree is more commonly applied to Erodium botrys; white-stemmed filaree, white stemmed 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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