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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 (

TaxonVeronica anagallis-aquatica
Family common name(s)plantain; plantains
Genus common name(s)veronica; speedwell; brooklime; brook-lime; brook lime
Species common name(s)great water speedwell; great-water speedwell; greater water speedwell; blue water speedwell; blue water-speedwell; blue-flowered water speedwell; blew-flowered pimpernel; blew flowered pimpernel; blew-flower'd pimpernel; brook-pimpernell
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawater speedwell, water-speedwell, blue-flowered speedwell, blue flowered speedwell are applied to multiple Veronica taxa; water pimpernel, water-pimpernel, brook pimpernel, brook-pimpernel, star-grass, star grass, stargrass, water-stargrass, water stargrass, water star-grass, water star grass, waterstargrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.
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