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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 variicolor
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)Lindley's varied lupine; Lindley varied lupine; varied lupine; varied-colored lupine; varied colored lupine; varicolored lupine; vari-colored lupine; many-colored lupine; manycolored lupine; particolor lupine; prostrate particolor lupine; coastal-prairie lupine; coastal prairie lupine coastal-prairie perennial lupine; coastal prairie perennial lupine
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabluff lupine is applied to multiple Lupinus taxa; monkey faces, monkey-faces, blue bean are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesLindley is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Lindleys is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLupinus littoralis Douglas var. variicolor (Steud.) Isely;
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