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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 purpurascens
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)purple fawn-lily; purple fawn lily; purple fawnlily; purple dog-tooth violet; plain-leaf fawn-lily; plain leaf fawn lily; plainleaf fawn-lily; plainleaf fawn lily; blushing fawn-lily; blushing fawn lily; blushing fawnlily; Sierra Nevada fawn-lily
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSierra fawn-lily, Sierra fawn lily, Sierra fawnlily, Sierran fawn-lily, Sierran fawn lily, Sierran fawnlily, avalanche-lily, avalanche lily, avalanchelily are applied to multiple Erythronium taxa; lamb'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
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