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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 humilis
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)round-spike cryptantha; roundspike cryptantha; round-spike cat's-eye; round spike cat's eye; roundspike catseye; round-headed cryptantha; low oreocarya; dwarf cat's-eye; dwarf cat's eye; dwarf catseye
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalow cryptantha; low cat's-eye, low cat's eye, dwarf cryptantha, dwarf cryptanth are applied to multiple Cryptantha taxa; popcorn-flower, popcorn flower, popcornflower, white forget-me-not, white-forget-me-nots, cushion cat's-eye, cushion cat's eye, cushion catseye are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; wild forget-me-not is applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcOreocarya humilis (A. Gray) Greene
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