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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 (

TaxonMentzelia laevicaulis
Family common name(s)loasa; loasad; loasads; stickleaf; stick-leaf; blazing star
Genus common name(s)mentzelia; stick-leaf; stick leaf; stickleaf
Species common name(s)smooth-stemmed mentzelia; smooth-stemmed blazing-star; smooth-stemmed blazingstar; smooth-stemmed eveningstar; smooth-stem blazing-star; smooth-stem blazing star; smooth stem blazing star; smoothstem blazingstar; giant blazing-star; giant blazing star; giant blazingstar; great mentzelia; beautiful blazing-star; beautiful blazing star; beautiful blazingstar; blazingstar mentzelia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxablazing star, blazingstar, blazing-star, great blazing-star, great blazing star, great blazingstar, common blazing-star, common blazing star, common blazingstar, sand-lily, sand lily, prairie-lily, prairie lily are applied to taxa in multiple families
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