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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 (

TaxonArctomecon merriamii
Family common name(s)poppy; poppywort; poppyworts, amapola
Genus common name(s)bear-poppy; bear poppy; bearpoppy; bear-claw poppy; bearclaw-poppy; desert bearclaw-poppy; bearpaw poppy; bear-paw poppy; bear paw poppy
Species common name(s)Merriam's bear-paw poppy; Merriam's bear paw poppy; Merriam's bearpaw poppy; Merriam's bear-poppy; Merriam's bear-poppy; Merriam's bearpoppy; Merriam bear-paw poppy; Merriam bear paw poppy; Merriam bearpaw poppy; Merriam bear-poppy; Merriam bear-poppy; Merriam bearpoppy; white bearpaw poppy; white bear-paw poppy; white bear paw poppy; white bearclaw poppy; white bear-poppy; white bear poppy; white bearpoppy; white bear desert-poppy; desert bear-poppy; desert bear-poppy; desert bearpoppy; great bearclaw-poppy; great bearclaw poppy; great bear poppy; great desert poppy; Death Valley bear poppy
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert-poppy, desert poppy are applied to multiple Papaveraceae taxa
NotesMerriam is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Merriams is an error
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