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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 (

TaxonCryptantha celosioides
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)cryptantha; cryptanth; cryptanthe
Species common name(s)cock's-comb cryptantha; cocks-comb cryptantha; cockscomb cryptantha; cocks-comb cat's-eye; cockscomb cat's-eye; cockscomb catseye; cockscomb oreocarya; northern cryptantha; northern miner's-candle; northern miner's candle; northern miners candle; northern minerscandle; butte candle; butte-candle; buttecandle; buttercandle; buttercandel; clustered cryptantha
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaclustered oreocarya is applied to multiple Cryptantha taxa; tufted cryptantha is more commonly applied to Cryptantha caespitosa; popcorn-flower, popcorn flower, popcornflower, white forget-me-not, white-forget-me-nots are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; miner's candle, miner's-candle, miners candle, minerscandle, wild forget-me-not are applied to taxa in multiple families
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