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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 (

TaxonMyosurus apetalus var. montanus
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)myosurus
Species common name(s)bristly mousetail; bristly mouse-tail; bristly mouse tail; awned mousetail; awned mouse-tail; sedge mousetail; sedge mouse-tail
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalittle mousetail applied to multiple Myosurus taxa; mousetail, mouse-tail, mouse tail, mousetails are applied to taxa in multiple families
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