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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 (

TaxonArum italicum
Family common name(s)arum; arums; aroid; philodendron; calla
Genus common name(s)arum; lords-and-ladies; lords and ladies; cuckoo-pint; cuckoo pint; cuckoopint; cuckoo's pint
Species common name(s)Italian arum; Italian lords-and-ladies; Italian lords and ladies; Italian lords-&-ladies; Italian lily; Italian Jack-in-the-pulpit; Italian Jack in the pulpit; Italian cuckoo pint; large cuckoo-pint; large cuckoo pint; large cuckoopint; large cuckoo's pint; painted arum
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxablack arum, black arum lily, black calla, black cala-lily, black cala lily are applied to multiple Araceae taxa; sweetflag, sweet-flag, sweet flag are more commonly applied to Acorus; Adam-and-Eve plant, Adam and Eve plant, Adam-and-Eve, Adam and Eve are applied to taxa in multiple families; Jack-in-the-pulpit, Jack in the pulpit are more commonly applied to Arisaema triphyllum
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