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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 (

TaxonLithophragma affine
Family common name(s)saxifrage; saxifrages
Genus common name(s)lithophragma; prairie-star; prairie star; prairiestar; rockstar
Species common name(s)San Francisco woodland-star; San Francisco woodland star; San Francisco woodlandstar; common woodland-star; common woodland star; common woodlandstar; allied woodland-star; allied woodland star; allied woodlandstar; allied fringecup
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsthrice-parted lithophragma [Lithophragma tripartitum]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxastarflower, star-flower, star flower, woodland star, woodland-star, woodlandstar, woodland starflower, rock-star, rock star are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. affine; subsp. mixtum Roy L. Taylor; Lithophragma tripartitum (Greene) Greene
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