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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 (

TaxonAstragalus lentiginosus var. nigricalycis
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)astragalus; milkvetch; milk-vetch; milk vetch; sheep-pod; sheep pod; sheeppod; bastard-vetch; bastard vetch; painted-pod; painted pod; paintedpod; poison-vetch; poison vetch; poisonvetch; pop-pea; rattle-vetch; rattle vetch; rattlebox-weed; rattle-box weed
Species common name(s)freckled milkvetch; freckled milk-vetch; freckled milk vetch; freckled locoweed; freckled loco; specklepod loco milkvetch; specklepod locoweed; mottled milkvetch; mottled milk-vetch; mottled locoweed; mottled rattleweed; spotted milkvetch; spotted locoweed; spotted loco; speckled milk-vetch; speckled milk vetch; speckled milkvetch; speckled locoweed; speckled loco; beakpod milkvetch
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaspeckle-pod milkvetch, specklepod milkvetch, specklepod milk-vetch, speckle-pod milk-vetch, ground locoweed are applied to multiple Astragalus taxa; black locoweed, locoweed, loco-weed, loco weed, locovetch, loco-vetch, loco vetch, loco, buffalo bean, buffalo beans, buffalo-pea, buffalo pea, buffalo peas are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; rattle-weed, rattle weed, rattleweed, rattlebox, rattle-box, rattle box, poison-weed, poison weed, poisonweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian pea
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAstragalus nigricalycis (M.E. Jones) Abrams
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