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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 latifolia
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)broad-leaved oxalis; broad-leaved wood-sorrel; broad-leaved wood sorrel; broad-leafed oxalis; broadleafed oxalis; broad-leaf wood-sorrel; broadleaf wood-sorrel; broadleaf wood sorrel; broad-leaf woodsorrel; broadleaf woodsorrel; garden pink-sorrel; garden pink sorrel; red garden sorrel
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalarge-leaf wood-sorrel, pink sorrel, Mexican oxalis, purple-flowered oxalis, purple flowered oxalis are applied to multiple Oxalis taxa; sorrel, garden 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
NotesMexican is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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