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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 torreyi
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)Torrey's mentzelia; Torrey's blazing-star; Torrey's blazing star; Torrey's blazingstar; Torrey's stickleaf; Torrey mentzelia; Torrey blazing-star; Torrey blazing star; Torrey blazingstar; Torrey stickleaf; lava stick-leaf
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxablazing star, blazingstar, blazing-star, sand-lily, sand lily, prairie-lily, prairie lily are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesTorrey is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Torreys is an error
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