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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 (

TaxonPteridium aquilinum var. pubescens
Family common name(s)bracken; bracken-fern; bracken fern; brackenfern
Genus common name(s)bracken; bracken-fern; bracken fern; brackenfern
Species common name(s)western bracken; western bracken-fern; western bracken fern; western brackenfern; northern bracken; northern bracken-fern; northern bracken fern; eagle fern
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabrake, brake fern, common brake, hog-brakes, hog brakes, poor-man's-soap, poor man's soap are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPteris aquilina L. var. pubescens (Underw.) Clute
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