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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 (

TaxonLithospermum ruderale
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)stoneseed; stone-seed; stone seed; stony-seed; stony seed; gromwell; puccoon
Species common name(s)wayside gromwell; western stone-seed; western stoneseed; western gromwell; western puccoon; Columbia gromwell; Columbia puccoon; Columbian puccoon; Contra stoneseed; Contra puccoon; woolly gromwell; lemonweed puccoon; cat's tooth
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite stoneseed, yellow stoneseed are applied to multiple Lithospermum taxa; whiteweed, white-weed, white weed, puccoon, yellow puccoon, lemonweed, lemon-weed, lemon weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian paint
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