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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 (

TaxonGoodyera oblongifolia
Family common name(s)orchid; orchids; orchis
Genus common name(s)goodyera; goodyera orchid; rattlesnake-orchid; rattlesnake orchid; rattlesnake plantain; rattlesnake-plantain; rattlesnakeplantain; rattlesnake's plantain; rattlesnakes' plantain; rattlesnake-plantain orchid; rattlesnake plantain orchid
Species common name(s)western goodyera; western rattlesnake-orchid; western rattlesnake-plantain; western rattlesnake plantain; western rattlesnake plantain orchid; western rattlesnake-plantain orchid; giant rattlesnake-orchid; giant rattlesnake orchid; giant rattlesnake-plantain; giant rattlesnake plantain; Menzies's giant rattlesnake-plantain; Menzies's rattlesnake-plantain; Menzies's rattlesnake plantain; Menzies's rattlesnake-orchid; Menzies's rattlesnake orchid; Menzies' giant rattlesnake-plantain; Menzies' rattlesnake-plantain; Menzies' rattlesnake plantain; Menzies' rattlesnake-orchid; Menzies' rattlesnake orchid; Menzies giant rattlesnake-plantain; Menzies rattlesnake-plantain; Menzies rattlesnake plantain; Menzies rattlesnake-orchid; Menzies rattlesnake orchid; green-leaved rattlesnake-orchid; green-leaved rattlesnake orchid; green-leaved rattlesnake-plantain; green-leaved rattlesnake plantain; green leaved rattlesnake plantain; greenleaved rattlesnake plantain; green-leaf rattlesnake-plantain; green-leaf rattlesnake plantain; large-leaved rattlesnake orchid; large-leaved rattlesnake-plantain; large-leaved rattlesnake plantain
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaadder's-tongue, adder's tongue, adderstongue, adders tongue, adder tongue, snake plantain, snake-plantain, rats-bane, rats bane, ratsbane, rattlesnake's violet, rattlesnake-weed, rattlesnake weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPeramium decipiens (Hook.) Piper
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