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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 (

TaxonPortulaca halimoides
Family common name(s)portulaca; purslain; purslane; purslanes; purselane; pursland
Genus common name(s)portulaca; purslain; purselane; pursland
Species common name(s)desert portulaca; silk-cotton purslane; silk cotton purslane; silkcotton purslane; slender-leaf purslane; slenderleaf purslane; sinkerleaf purslane; sinkerleaf purselane; dwarf purslane
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawild portulaca is applied to multiple Portulaca taxa; desert purslane, purslane, rose-moss are applied to taxa in multiple families
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