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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 (

TaxonPoteridium annuum
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)poteridium
Species common name(s)plains poteridium; western burnet; western great burnet; annual western burnet; prairie burnet
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual burnet is applied to multiple Sanguisorba taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSanguisorba occidentalis Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray, inval.; Sanguisorba annua (Nutt.) Nutt.
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