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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 (

TaxonLupinus microcarpus var. densiflorus
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)lupine; lupin; sun-dial plant; sun dial plant; sundial plant; sun-dial; sun dial; sundial; old-maid's-sunbonnets
Species common name(s)chick lupine; chick lupin; wide-bannered lupine; small-fruited lupine
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsgolden lupine [Lupinus densiflorus var. aureus]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasecund lupine is applied to multiple Lupinus microcarpus taxa; white lupine, common white lupine are applied to multiple Lupinus taxa; miniature lupine is more commonly applied to Lupinus bicolor; monkey faces, monkey-faces, blue bean are applied to taxa in multiple families
Notesdensely red-flowered lupine is misleading, since the taxon is rarely reddish
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLupinus densiflorus Benth.
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