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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 (

TaxonAcmispon maritimus var. maritimus
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)acmispon
Species common name(s)coastal bird's-foot-trefoil; coastal bird's-foot trefoil; coastal bird's foot trefoil; coastal birdsfoot trefoil; coastal trefoil; alkali lotus; fleshy lotus; hooked-beak lotus; hook-beak lotus; hookbeak lotus
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacoastal lotus, coastal hosackia, coast lotus, coast hosackia, coast trefoil, annual lotus, prostrate lotus, maresfat are applied to multiple Lotus s.l. taxa; trefoil, deer-vetch, deer vetch, deervetch are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLotus salsuginosus Greene var. salsuginosus; Hosackia maritima Nutt.
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