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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 (

TaxonTrifolium fucatum
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)clover; true clover; claver; clower; true trefoil
Species common name(s)fucate clover; bull clover; puff clover; puffy clover
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsGambel's sour clover [Trifolium gambelii]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatrefoil, triphyllon are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; sour clover, sour-clover are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesGambel is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Gambels, Gambell, Gambells are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcTrifolium gambelii Nutt.; Trifolium flavulum Greene
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