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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 (

TaxonPedicularis attollens
Family common name(s)orobanch; broomrape; broom-rape; broom rape; broom-rapes; ground-cone; ground cone; groundcone
Genus common name(s)pedicularis; lousewort; louse-wort; louse wort
Species common name(s)slender pedicularis; little elephant's-head; little elephant's head; little elephantshead; little elephanthead; little elephant-heads; little elephant heads; little elephants' heads; little elephants-heads; little elephants heads; baby elephant's-head; baby elephant's head; baby elephants head; baby elephants' heads; attol lousewort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaelephant's-head, elephant's head, elephant head, elephant-head, elephants' heads, elephant-heads, elephant heads are more commonly applied to Pedicularis groenlandica; elephantella, Cascade lousewort are applied to multiple Pedicularis taxa; wood-betony, wood betony, woodbetony, bumble-bee plant, bumble bee plant, bumblebee plant, fernleaf are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian-warrior, Indian warrior, Indianwarrior
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.; subsp. attollens; subsp. protogyna Pennell
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