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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 (

TaxonMollugo verticillata
Family common name(s)mollugo; carpet-weed
Genus common name(s)mollugo
Species common name(s)verticillate mollugo; verticillate carpet-weed; verticillate carpet weed; whorled carpetweed; whorled chickweed; green carpetweed; green carpet-weed; green carpet weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacarpet-weed, carpet weed, carpetweed, chickweed, chick-weed, chick weed, devil's-grip, devil's grip are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: verticillate Indian chickweed, Indian chickweed, Indian carpetweed
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