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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 (

TaxonLathyrus japonicus
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)lathyrus; sweet-pea; sweet pea; sweetpea; vetchling
Species common name(s)seaside pea; sea-side pea; sea pea; common sea pea; sea peavine; sea vetchling; maritime pea; maritime peavine; giant beach pea; Japanese sea-pea; Japanese sea pea; Japanese beach-pea; Japanese beach pea; Japanese beachpea; circumpolar pea
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabeach pea, beach-pea, beachpea, beach peavine, purple beach-pea, purple beach pea, purple beachpea, sand pea, heath pea, heath-pea are applied to multiple Lathyrus taxa; pea, wild-pea, wild pea, wild sweetpea, wild sweet-pea, wild sweet pea, everlasting pea, everlasting-pea, everlasting peavine, bitter vetch, peavine, pea-vine, pea vine are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. maritimus (L.) Kartesz & Gandhi; Lathyrus maritimus Bigelow
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