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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 (

TaxonAptenia cordifolia
Family common name(s)fig-marigold; fig marigold; capetweed; ice-plant; ice plant; iceplant
Genus common name(s)aptenia
Species common name(s)baby sun-rose; baby sun rose; baby sunrose; heart-leaf iceplant; heart leaf iceplant; heartleaf iceplant; heartleaf ice-plant; red-apple ice-plant; red-apple iceplant; red apple iceplant; red-apple ice plant; red apple ice plant; red-apple dew-plant; red-apple dewplant; heart-leaf iceplant; heartleaf iceplant; heart leaf iceplant
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaiceplant, ice-plant, ice plant are applied to multiple Aizoaceae taxa; dew-plant, dew plant, sun-rose, sun rose are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcMesembryanthemum cordifolium L.
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