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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 (

TaxonErythronium helenae
Family common name(s)lily; lilywort; lilyworts
Genus common name(s)erythronium; fawn-lily; fawn lily; fawnlily; trout-lily; trout lily; troutlily; dog-tooth-lily; dog-tooth lily; dog tooth lily; dogtooth-lily; dogtooth lily; dog-tooth-violet; dog-tooth violet; dog tooth violet; dogtooth violet; dogtoothviolet; dog's-tooth-violet; dog's-tooth violet; dog's tooth violet; dog-toothed violet; dog toothed violet; star-strikers; star strikers; adder's tongue lily; adder tongue lily
Species common name(s)Mount Saint Helena fawn-lily; Mount Saint Helena fawn lily; Mount Saint Helena fawnlily; Mount St Helena fawn-lily; Mount St Helena fawn lily; Mount St Helena fawnlily; Mt St Helena fawn-lily; Mt St Helena fawn lily; Mt St Helena fawnlily; Saint Helena fawn-lily; Saint Helena fawn lily; Saint Helena fawnlily; St Helena fawn-lily; St Helena fawn lily; Helena fawn-lily; Helena fawn lily; Helena fawnlily; Pacific fawn-lily; Pacific fawn lily; Pacific fawnlily
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalamb's-tongue, lamb's tongue, deer's-tongue, deer's tongue, adder's-tongue, adder's tongue, adderstongue, adders tongue, adder tongue are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPacific is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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