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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 (

TaxonThalictrum occidentale
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)meadow-rue; meadow rue; meadowrue; maid-of-the-mist; maid of the mist
Species common name(s)western meadow-rue; western meadow rue; western meadowrue; western meadorue; puppy toes
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxarue-anemone, rue anemone are applied to multiple Ranunculaceae taxa
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