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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 (

TaxonOsmorhiza occidentalis
Family common name(s)umbel; umbelwort; umbelworts; carrot; parsley; biscuitroot
Genus common name(s)sweet-cicely; sweet cicely; sweetcicely
Species common name(s)western sweet-cicely; western sweet cicely; western sweetcicely; western sweet-root; western sweet root; western sweetroot; western sweet-anise; western sweetanise; western anise-root; western anise root; western aniseroot; Sierran sweet-cicely; Sierran sweet cicely; Sierra sweet-cicely; Sierra sweet cicely; Sierra cicely; sheep cicely; bald cicely
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain sweet-cicely, mountain sweet cicely, mountain sweetroot, mountain sweet-root are more commonly applied to Osmorhiza berteroi; wild sweet anise, wild sweetanise, sweetanise are applied to multiple Osmorhiza taxa; sweetroot, sweet-root, sweet root are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesSierran is used as proper adjective, upper case preferable
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