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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 (

TaxonPellaea bridgesii
Family common name(s)brake; brake-fern; brake fern; brakefern; cliff brake fern
Genus common name(s)cliff-brake; cliff brake; cliffbrake; cliff-brake fern; cliff brake fern
Species common name(s)Bridges's cliff-brake; Bridges's cliff brake; Bridges's cliffbrake; Bridges's cliffbrake fern; Bridges' cliff-brake; Bridges' cliff brake; Bridges' cliffbrake; Bridges' cliffbrake fern; Bridges cliff-brake; Bridges cliff brake; Bridges cliffbrake; Bridges cliffbrake fern
NotesBridges is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Bridge's, Bridge are errors
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