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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 (

TaxonPiperia unalascensis
Family common name(s)orchid; orchids; orchis
Genus common name(s)piperia; piperia orchid
Species common name(s)Unalaska piperia; Unalaska rein-orchid; Unalaska rein orchid; Alaska piperia; Alaska rein-orchid; Alaska rein orchid; Alaska reinorchid; Alaska rein-orchis; Alaska rein orchis; Alaska bog-orchid; Alaska bog orchid; Alaska bogorchid; Alaska orchid; Alaskan piperia; Alaskan rein-orchid; Alaskan rein orchid; Alaskan rein-orchis; Alaskan rein orchis; Alaskan orchid; Alaskan orchis; Alaskan orchis; northern piperia; slender-spire piperia; slender spire piperia; slenderspire piperia; slender-spire orchid; slender spire orchid; slenderspire orchid; short-spurred rein-orchid; short-spurred rein orchid; short-spurred bog orchid; short-spur rein-orchid; short-spur rein orchid
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxarein-orchid, rein orchid, reinorchid, rein-orchis, rein orchis, wood orchid, white-flower bog-orchid, white-flower bog orchid are applied to multiple Orchidaceae taxa
NotesUnalaska, Alaska, Alaskan are proper names, so upper case preferable
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