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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 (

TaxonCamissonia lacustris
Family common name(s)evening primrose; evening-primrose; evening primroses
Genus common name(s)camissonia; suncup; sun-cup; sun cup
Species common name(s)lakebed suncup; lakebed sun-cup; lakebed sun cup; lakebed sun-cups
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagrassland sun-cups, grassland sun cups, grassland sun cup, grassland suncup are applied to multiple Camissonia s.l. taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcOenothera cruciata (S. Watson) Munz, misapplied; Oenothera dentata Cav., misapplied
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