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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 (

TaxonRomneya coulteri
Family common name(s)poppy; poppywort; poppyworts, amapola
Genus common name(s)Matilija-poppy; Matilija poppy; white bush poppy; Matilija tree poppy; white tree poppy; fried-egg poppy; fried egg poppy
Species common name(s)Coulter's Matilija-poppy; Coulter's Matilija poppy; Coulter Matilija-poppy; Coulter Matilija poppy; canyon Matilija-poppy; canyon Matilija poppy; matilya poppy; matilla poppy; matillia poppy; natilya poppy
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia tree-poppy, California tree poppy, Californian tree-poppy, Californian tree poppy, tree-poppy, tree poppy are applied to multiple Papaveraceae taxa; fried eggs, fried egg flower, fried-egg plant, fried egg plant are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCoulter, Matilija are proper names, so upper case preferable; Coultersis an error
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