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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 (

TaxonRupertia physodes
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)rupertia; Rupert's scurf-pea; Rupert's scurfpea; Rupert scurf-pea; Rupert scurfpea; California-tea; California tea
Species common name(s)common rupertia; common California-tea; common California tea; California-tea scurf-pea; California-tea scurf pea; California tea scurf-pea; California tea scurf pea; California-tea scurfpea; California tea scurfpea; forest scurfpea; forest scurf-pea; forest scurf pea
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia scurfpea, California scurf-pea, scurf-pea, scurf pea, scurfpea are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPsoralea physodes Douglas
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