Directory       News       Site Map       Home

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 (

TaxonCastilleja lineariloba
Family common name(s)orobanch; broomrape; broom-rape; broom rape; broom-rapes; ground-cone; ground cone; groundcone
Genus common name(s)paintbrush; paint brush; painter's-brush; painter's brush; painters'-brush; painters' brush; painters-brush; painters brush; painted-cup; painted cup; paintedcup; Native American paintbrush
Species common name(s)thin-lobed owl's-clover; thin-lobed owl's clover; thin lobed owl's clover; thin-lobe valley tassels; thinlobe valley tassels; pallid owl's-clover; pallid owl's clover; pale owl's-clover; pale owl's clover; pale-owls' clover; pale owls' clover; pale owls-clover; pale owls clover; pale owl-clover; pale owl clover; sagebrush paintbrush; agebrush owl's-clover; agebrush owl's clover
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxavalley tassels, valley-tassels, valley tassles are more commonly applied to Castilleja attenuata; owl's-clover, owl's clover, owls'-clover, owls' clover, owls-clover, owls clover, owlsclover, owl-clover, owl clover, owlclover are applied to multiple Orobanchaceae taxa; paint-brush, prairie-fire, prairie fire, hierba del cancer, bloody noses are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian paintbrush, Indian-paintbrush, Indian paint-brush, Indian paint brush, Indianpaintbrush, sagebrush Indian paintbrush; not recommended (possibly pejorative or derogatory): squaw-feather, squaw feather, squawfeather
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.; Orthocarpus linearilobus Benth.
  Copyright © 2017 Regents of the University of California — Updated 02 June 2017