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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 (

TaxonSanicula bipinnata
Family common name(s)umbel; umbelwort; umbelworts; carrot; parsley; biscuitroot
Genus common name(s)sanicula; sanicle; black-snakeroot; blacksnakeroot
Species common name(s)poison sanicula; poison sanicle; poison black-snakeroot; poison black snakeroot
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxablack snakeroot, snakeroot, snake-root, snake root are applied to taxa in multiple families
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