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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 (

TaxonMedicago rigidula
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)medicago; medick; medic; bur medick; burr medick; bur medic; burr medic; burmedic; burrmedic; burclover; burrclover; bur-clover; bur clover; burr clover; burr-clover; melilot; melilot trefoil; nonsuch; alfalfa; alphalpha
Species common name(s)Tifton medick; Tifton medic; Tifton burr medic; Tifton bur medic; Tifton burclover; Tifton bur-clover; Tifton bur clover; Tifton burr clover; rigid medick; rigid medic; hardish medick; hardish medic; field medick; prickly lucerne
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual medick, annual medic, prickly medic are applied to multiple Medicago taxa; hop clover, hop-clover, trefoil are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; nonesuch is applied to taxa in multiple families
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