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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 setiloba
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)navarretia
Species common name(s)Piute Mountains navarretia; Piute Mtns navarretia; Piute Mountain navarretia; Paiute Mountain pincushion-plant; Paiute Mountain pincushionplant; Coville's navarretia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapincushion-plant, pincushion plant, pincushionplant, pincushion are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCoville is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Covilles is an error
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