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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 (

TaxonGayophytum ramosissimum
Family common name(s)evening primrose; evening-primrose; evening primroses
Genus common name(s)gayophytum; ground-smoke; ground smoke; groundsmoke
Species common name(s)much-branched gayophytum; much-branched groundsmoke; muchbranched groundsmoke; much-branch groundsmoke; branching groundsmoke; pinyon gayophytum; pinyon ground-smoke; pinyon ground smoke; pinyon groundsmoke; piñon ground-smoke; piñon ground smoke; hair-stem gayophytum; hairstem gayophytum; hair-stem ground-smoke; hair-stem groundsmoke; hairstem groundsmoke
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaracemed groundsmoke, racemed ground-smoke, racemed ground smoke are applied to multiple Gayophytum taxa; baby's-breath, baby's breath are applied to taxa in multiple families
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