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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 (

TaxonRanunculus sceleratus var. multifidus
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; buttercups; goldcups; gold-cups; gilt-cups
Species common name(s)celery-leaved buttercup; celery leaved buttercup; celeryleaved buttercup; celery-leaved butter-cup; celery-leaved butter cup; celery-leaved crowfoot; celery leaved crowfoot; celery-leafed buttercup; celery-leafed crowfoot; celery-leaf buttercup; celery-leaf butter-cup; celeryleaf buttercup; celery-leaf crowfoot; celery leaf crowfoot; celery buttercup; celery crowfoot; cursed buttercup; cursed butter-cup; cursed butter cup; cursed crowfoot buttercup; cursed crowfoot; cursed crow-foot; cursed crow foot; cursed crow's-foot; cursed crowsfoot; cursed crow's-foot; cursed crow's foot; ditch buttercup; ditch crowfoot; ditch crow-foot
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabiting crowfoot, acrid crowfoot, acrid buttercups, blister buttercup, blister butter cup, blisters buttercup, noxious buttercup, marsh crowfoot, water-crowfoot, water crowfoot, water crowsfoot, water-buttercup, water buttercup, marsh buttercup, marsh butter-cup, marsh crowfoot are applied to multiple Ranunculus taxa; crowfoot, crow-foot, crow foot, crow's foot, crowsfoot, gowan, gowans, yellow gowan, yellow-gowan, yellow gowans, butter-flower, butter flower, butter-rose, butter rose, goldcup are applied to taxa in multiple families
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