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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 (

TaxonNavarretia fossalis
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)navarretia
Species common name(s)Moran's navarretia; Moran's nosegay; Moran's nose-gay; Moran's nose gay; Moran's spreading navarretia; Moran's vernal-pool navarretia; Moran's vernal pool navarretia; Moran's skunkweed; Southern California vernal pool navarretia; vernal-pool pincushion-plant; vernal-pool pincushionplant; vernal pool pincushionplant; vernalpool pincushionplant; no-named navarretia; ditch navarretia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaspreading navarretia, prostrate navarretia, skunk navarretia are applied to multiple Navarretia taxa; skunkbush, skunk-bush, skunk bush, skunk flower, skunk-flower, skunkflower, skunkweed, skunk weed, skunkweed, pincushion-plant, pincushion plant, pincushionplant, pincushion are applied to taxa in multiple families
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