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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 (

TaxonPhysalis longifolia
Family common name(s)nightshade; night-shade; night shade; nightshades; potato
Genus common name(s)physalis; ground-cherry; ground cherry; groundcherry; husk-tomato; husk tomato; husked tomato; strawberry-tomato; strawberry tomato; tomatillo; bladder-cherry; bladder cherry; lantern herb
Species common name(s)long-leaved ground-cherry; long-leaved ground cherry; long leaved ground cherry; long-leaved groundcherry; long-leafed groundcherry; long-leafed tomatillo; long leafed tomatillo; long-leaf ground-cherry; long-leaf ground cherry; long leaf ground cherry; long-leaf groundcherry; longleaf groundcherry
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon ground-cherry, common ground cherry, common groundcherry, tall ground-cherry, tall ground cherry, tall groundcherry are applied to multiple Physalis taxa; Jerusalem cherry, Jerusalem cherry are applied to multiple Solanaceae taxa; Chinese-lantern, Chinese lantern, Chinese lantern plant, Chinese lanterns, Japanese-lantern, Japanese lantern, Japanese lantern plant, lantern plant, winter-cherry, winter cherry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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