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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 (

TaxonLewisia longipetala
Family common name(s)montia
Genus common name(s)lewisia; lewisie
Species common name(s)long-petaled lewisia; long petaled lewisia; long-petaled bitter-root; long-petaled bitter root; long-petaled bitterroot; long-petal lewisia; long petal lewisia; Truckee lewisia; Truckee bitter-root; Truckee bitter root; Truckee bitterroot
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacliff-maids, cliff maids, cliffmaids are applied to multiple Lewisia taxa; bitter-root, bitterroot, bitter root are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPortulacaceae
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