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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 (

TaxonLilium parvum
Family common name(s)lily; lilywort; lilyworts
Genus common name(s)lilium; lily; true lily
Species common name(s)Sierra tiger-lily; Sierra tiger lily; Sierra tigerlily; tiger-lily of the Sierra; tiger lily of the Sierra; small tiger-lily; small tiger lily; small leopard-lily; small leopard lily; little tiger-lily; little tiger lily; little leopard-lily; little leopard lily; little alpine leopard-lily; little alpine leopard lily; little alpine lily
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSierra leopard lily is applied to multiple Lilium taxa; alpine lily, leopard-lily, leopard lily, tiger lily, tigerlily, fairy lily, small lily are applied to multiple Liliaceae taxa
Noteswhen Sierra is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
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