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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 (

TaxonMalva nicaeensis
Family common name(s)mallow; mallows; cotton
Genus common name(s)malva; malvas; mallow; mallo; cheeses; cheeseweed; cheese weed; cheese-weed; cheese-plant; cheese plant; cheeseplant; cheese-flower; cheese flower
Species common name(s)bull mallow; bull cheeseweed; southern mallow; mallow of Nice; mallow-of-Nice; Nice mallow
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaFrench mallow, common mallow, common cheeseweed, cheeseweed mallow, cheese mallow, cheeses mallow, weedy mallow, dwarf mallow are applied to multiple Malva taxa; French mallow is applied to multiple Malva taxa
NotesNice is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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