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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 (

TaxonSphaeralcea angustifolia
Family common name(s)mallow; mallows; cotton
Genus common name(s)globe-mallow; globe mallow; globemallow; globe-mallo; globe mallo; globemallo; kugelmalve
Species common name(s)narrow-leaved globe-mallow; narrow-leaved globe mallow; narrow-leaved globemallow; narrow-leaved desert-mallow; narrow-leaved desert mallow; narrow leaved desert mallow; narrow-leafed globe-mallow; narrow-leafed globe mallow; narrow-leaf globe-mallow; narrow-leaf globe mallow; narrow leaf globe mallow; narrow-leaf globemallow; narrowleaf globe-mallow; narrowleaf globe mallow; narrowleaf globemallow; narrowleaf desert-mallow; narrowleaf desert mallow; narrowleaf false-mallow; copper globe-mallow; copper globe mallow; copper globemallow; copper-globemallow; desert copper-globemallow; desert copper globemallow; rusty globe-mallow; rusty globemallow; sharp-fruited globe-mallow; sharp-fruited globe mallow; sharp-fruit globe-mallow
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacopper mallow, copper-mallow, orange globe-mallow, orange globe mallow, orange globemallow are applied to multiple Sphaeralcea taxa; desert-mallow, desert mallow, false-mallow, false mallow, falsemallow, false mallo, wild hollyhock, wild-hollyhock, wildhollyhock are applied to multiple Malvaceae taxa
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (pejorative or derogatory): niggerweed, nigger-weed, nigger weed, valley nigger weed
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