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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 (

TaxonStellaria littoralis
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)stellaria
Species common name(s)beach starwort; beach chickweed; seashore starwort; shore starwort; shore chickweed; coast starwort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxastitchwort, starry chickweed are applied to multiple Caryophyllaceae taxa; chickweed, chick-weed, chick weed, starwort, starwort, star-wort, star wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
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