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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 (

TaxonLinum usitatissimum
Family common name(s)flax; flaxwort; flaxworts
Genus common name(s)flax; true flax
Species common name(s)common flax; cultivated flax; annual flax; linen flax; linseed flax; flaxseed; flax seed; linseed; lint-bells; lint bells
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon yellow flax is applied to multiple Linum taxa; garden flax is applied to multiple Linaceae taxa; flight to Egypt, flight-to-Egypt are applied to taxa in multiple families
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