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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 (

TaxonLathyrus vestitus var. ochropetalus
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)lathyrus; sweet-pea; sweet pea; sweetpea; vetchling
Species common name(s)common Pacific pea; common Pacific peavine; Pacific pea; Pacific sweet pea; Pacific vetchling; hillside pea; canyon pea; cañon pea; canyon sweet pea
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaPacific peavine is applied to multiple Lathyrus taxa; pea, wild-pea, wild pea, wild sweetpea, wild sweet-pea, wild sweet pea, everlasting pea, everlasting-pea, everlasting peavine, bitter vetch, peavine, pea-vine, pea vine are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
NotesPacific is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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