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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 (

TaxonNolina bigelovii
Family common name(s)lily-of-the-valley; lily of the valley
Genus common name(s)nolina
Species common name(s)Bigelow's nolina; Bigelow's bear-grass; Bigelow's bear grass; Bigelow's beargrass; Bigelow nolina; Bigelow bear-grass; Bigelow bear grass; Bigelow beargrass; desert nolina; desert tree-beargrass; desert tree beargrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaizote, beargrass, bear-grass, bear grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesBigelow is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Bigelows, Bigelov's, Bigelo are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLiliaceae s.l.
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