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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 (

TaxonAllophyllum glutinosum
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)allophyllum; false-gilia; false gilia; false gily-flower; false gilyflower
Species common name(s)sticky allophyllum; sticky false-gilia; sticky false gilia; sticky false gily-flower; sticky false gily flower; sticky false gilyflower; stinky gilia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxablue false-gilia, blue false gilia are applied to multiple Allophyllum taxa; gilliflower, gilli-flower, gillyflower, gilly-flower, gilly flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
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