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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 (

TaxonFloerkea proserpinacoides
Family common name(s)meadowfoam; meadow-foam; meadow foam; false-mermaid; false mermaid
Genus common name(s)floerkea; false-mermaid; false mermaid
Species common name(s)false-mermaid; false mermaid; falsemermaid; false mermaid-weed; false mermaid weed; false mermaidweed; proserpinica-like mermaid
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