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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 (

TaxonAmorpha californica var. napensis
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)amorpha; false indigo-bush; false indigobush; indigo-bush amorpha; mock indigo; mock locust; indigo leadplant; indigo lead plant; leadplant; lead plant
Species common name(s)California false-indigo; California false indigo; California indigo bush; California bastard indigo; California mock locust; California wild indigo; California leadplant; California lead plant
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaindigo-bush, indigo bush, indigobush, wild indigo, false-indigo, false indigo, bastard indigo are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; gray false indigo is applied to multiple Amorpha taxa
NotesNapa is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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