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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 (

TaxonSelaginella bigelovii
Family common name(s)spike-moss; spike moss; spikemoss; moss-fern; moss fern; mossfern
Genus common name(s)selaginella; spike-moss; spikemoss; spike moss; moss-fern; moss fern; mossfern; clubmoss fern; club moss fern; club moss-fern
Species common name(s)Bigelow's selaginella; Bigelow's spike-moss; Bigelow's spike moss; Bigelow's spikemoss; Bigelow's moss-fern; Bigelow's moss fern; Bigelow's mossfern; Bigelow's resurrection moss; Bigelow's resurrection plant; Bigelow selaginella; Bigelow spike-moss; Bigelow spike moss; Bigelow spikemoss; Bigelow moss-fern; Bigelow moss fern; Bigelow mossfern; Bigelow resurrection moss; Bigelow resurrection plant; bushy selaginella; bushy spike-moss; bushy spike moss; bushy spikemoss
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaresurrection fern is applied taxa in multiple families
NotesBigelow is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Bigelows, Bigelov's, Bigelo are errors
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