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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 (

TaxonLomatium tracyi
Family common name(s)umbel; umbelwort; umbelworts; carrot; parsley; biscuitroot
Genus common name(s)lomatium; desert-parsley; desert parsley; desertparsley; biscuit-root; biscuit root; biscuitroot; love seed
Species common name(s)Tracy's lomatium; Tracy's desert-parsley; Tracy's desert parsley; Tracy's desertparsley; Tracy lomatium; Tracy desert-parsley; Tracy desert parsley; Tracy desertparsley
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahog fennel, hog-fennel, hog's fennel, hog's-fennel are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian-root, Indianroot, Indian root, Indian biscuit-root, Indian biscuit root
NotesTracy is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Tracys is an error
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