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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 (

TaxonOxalis incarnata
Family common name(s)oxalis; wood-sorrel; wood sorrel; woodsorrel; wood-sorrels
Genus common name(s)oxalis; wood-sorrel; wood sorrel; woodsorrel; wood-sorrels
Species common name(s)crimson wood-sorrel; crimson wood-sorrel; crimson woodsorrel; pale oxalis; pale wood-sorrel; pale wood sorrel; pale woodsorrel; pale pink sorrel; pale pink-sorrel; climbing oxalis
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacrimson oxalis, pink oxalis, pink sorrel, pink wood-sorrel, pink wood sorrel, pink woodsorrel, lilac oxalis are applied to multiple Oxalis taxa; sorrel, shamrock, John-go-to-bed-at-noon, John go to bed at noon, sourgrass, sour-grass, sour grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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