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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 (

TaxonLomatium dissectum var. dissectum
Family common name(s)umbel; umbelwort; umbelworts; carrot; parsley; biscuitroot
Genus common name(s)lomatium; desert-parsley; desert parsley; desertparsley; biscuit-root; biscuit root; biscuitroot; love seed
Species common name(s)dissected lomatium; dissected desert-parsley; dissected desert parsley; fern-leaved lomatium; fern leaved lomatium; fern-leaved desert-parsley; fern-leaved desert parsley; fern-leaved biscuit-root; fern-leaved biscuit root; fern-leafed lomatium; fern-leafed desert-parsley; fern-leafed desert parsley; fern leafed desert parsley; fern-leaf lomatium; fern leaf lomatium; fern-leaf biscuit-root; fernleaf lomatium; fernleaf biscuit root; fernleaf biscuitroot; lgiant lomatium; giant desert-parsley; giant desert parsley; mountain wild-parsnip; mountain wild parsnip; chocolate-tips; chocolate tips; ritual root
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapungent desert parsley, carrot-leaf lomatium, carrotleaf lomatium, carrot-leaf biscuit-root, carrotleaf biscuitroot, carrot-leaf desert-parsley, carrot-leaf parsley, carrot-leaved parsley, lace-leaf lomatium, laceleaf lomatium, lace-leaf parsley, lace leaf parsley are applied to multiple Lomatium taxa; wild parsnip, wild carrot are applied to multiple Apiaceae taxa; hog fennel, hog-fennel, hog's fennel, hog's-fennel, Indian balsam are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian balsam, Indian-root, Indianroot, Indian root, Indian biscuit-root, Indian biscuit root, Indian-consumption-plant, Indian consumption plant, Indian balsam, Indian carrot
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