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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 (

TaxonSpergularia macrotheca var. leucantha
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)sand-spurrey; sand spurrey; sandspurrey; sand-spurry; sand spurry; sandspurry; spurrey sandwort; bed-sandwort; bedsandwort; three-valved sandwort; three-valve sandwort
Species common name(s)sticky sand-spurrey; sticky sand spurrey; sticky sandspurrey; sticky sand-spurry; sticky sandspurry; sticky sandspurry; large-flowered sand-spurrey; large-flowered sandspurrey; large-flowered sand spurrey; large-flowered sand-spurry; large-flowered sand spurry; large flowered sand-spurry; large-flowered sandspurry; large-flowered sand spurry; large-flower sand-spurry; beach sandspurrey; beach sand-spurry; beach sandspurry; beach sand spurrey; perennial sand-spurrey; perennial sand-spurry; perennial sticky sand-spurrey; coastal spurrey
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacoast sand-spurrey, coast sandspurrey, coast sand spurrey, coast sand-spurry, coast sand spurry, white sand-spurrey, white sandspurrey, white sand-spurry, white sand spurry are applied to multiple Spergularia taxa; chickweed, chick-weed, chick weed are applied taxa in multiple families
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