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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 (

TaxonSaxifraga hyperborea
Family common name(s)saxifrage; saxifrages
Genus common name(s)saxifraga; saxifrage
Species common name(s)no common name specific to this taxon found
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapygmy saxifrage, pigmy saxifrage, brook saxifrage, alpine brook saxifrage, arctic saxifrage, weak saxifrage are applied to multiple Saxifraga taxa; Mayflower, May flower, mayflower are applied to taxa in multiple families; cocoanuts is most commonly applied to Theobroma cacao
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSaxifraga rivularis L., misapplied
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