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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 (

TaxonKniphofia uvaria
Family common name(s)asphodel
Genus common name(s)kniphofia; poker plant; tritoma lily
Species common name(s)red-hot-poker lily; red-hot poker; red-hot-poker; red hot poker; redhot poker; red-hot-poker plant; red hot poker plant; redhot-poker plant; redhot poker plant; red hot pokerplant; red-hot-poker torch lily; red-hot-poker torch-lily; red-hot poker torch lily; red hot poker torch lily; red-hot torch-lily; red-hot torch lily; red hot torch lily; red hot torchlily
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatorch lily, torch-lily, torchlily are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLiliaceae s.l.
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