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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 (

TaxonAchyronychia cooperi
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)achyronychia; onyx flower; frost-mat
Species common name(s)achyronychia; onyx-flower; onyx flower; onyxflower; Cooper's frostmat; Cooper frostmat; frost-mat; frost mat; frostmat; chaff-nail
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCooper frostmat is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCooper is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Coopers is an error
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