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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 (

TaxonCastilleja pilosa
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)pilose paintbrush; parrot-head paintbrush; parrothead paintbrush; parrot's-head paintbrush; parrot's head paintbrush; parrot's head paint-brush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahairy paintbrush, hairy paint-brush are applied to multiple Castilleja 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, hairy Indian paintbrush, hairy Indian-paintbrush, hairy Indian paint-brush, parrot-head Indian paintbrush, parrothead Indian paintbrush, parro's-head Indian-paintbrush, parrot's head Indian paint-brush; not recommended (possibly pejorative or derogatory): squaw-feather, squaw feather, squawfeather
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.; subsp. jussellii (Eastw.) Munz; Castilleja psittacina (Eastw.) Pennell
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