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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 (

TaxonCypripedium montanum
Family common name(s)orchid; orchids; orchis
Genus common name(s)cypripedium; lady's-slipper; lady's slipper; lady's-slipper orchid; lady-slipper; lady slipper; ladyslipper; ladies' slipper; ladies' slippers; lady's-slippers; lady's-slipper-orchid; lady's-slipper orchid; lady's slipper orchid; lady-slipper-orchid; lady-slipper orchid; lady slipper orchid; moccasin slipper; moccasin orchid; moccasin-plant; moccasin plant; moccasin root; Venus's-shoe; Venus'-shoe; Venus' shoe; Venus shoe; Venus's-sock; Venus'-sock; Venus' sock; whip-poor-will shoe; whip-poor-will's shoe; whippoorwill's shoe; whipoorwill shoes; ducks
Species common name(s)mountain lady's-slipper; mountain lady's slipper; mountain lady's-slipper orchid; mountain lady's slipper orchid; mountain lady-slipper; mountain lady slipper; mountain ladyslipper; mountain lady's-slipper-orchid; mountain lady's-slipper orchid; mountain lady's slipper orchid; mountain lady-slipper; mountain ladyslipper; mountain lady-slipper-orchid; mountain lady-slipper orchid; mountain lady slipper orchid; large lady's slipper; large lady's-slipper; large lady's-slipper-orchid; large lady's-slipper orchid; large lady's slipper orchid; large lady-slipper-orchid; large-lady slipper orchid; large lady slipper orchid
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite lady's-slipper, white lady's slipper are applied to multiple Cypripedium taxa; Venus's slipper; Venus'-slipper, Venus' slipper, Venus-slipper, Venus slipper, slipper orchid, moccasin-flower, moccasin flower, moccasinflower are applied to multiple Orchidaceae taxa; monkey-flower, monkey flower, monkeyflower are more commonly applied to Mimulus; nervine is applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian shoe
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