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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 (

TaxonWoodsia scopulina
Family common name(s)wood fern; cliff-fern; cliff fern
Genus common name(s)woodsia; cliff-fern; cliff fern; clifffern; flower-sup fern
Species common name(s)Rocky Mountain woodsia; Rocky Mountain woodsia-fern; Rocky Mountain woodsia fern; Rocky Mountain cliff-fern; Rocky Mountain cliff fern; rocky mountain woodsia; mountain woodsia; mountain cliff-fern; mountain cliff fern; mountain clifffern
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsLaurent's cliff-fern [subsp. laurentiana]; Laurent's cliff fern [subsp. laurentiana]; Laurent cliff-fern [subsp. laurentiana]; Laurent cliff fern [subsp. laurentiana]; false Rocky Mountain cliff-fern [subsp. laurentiana]; false Rocky Mountain cliff fern [subsp. laurentiana]
NotesRocky Mountain, Laurent are proper names, so upper case preferable; Rockymountain, rockymountain are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcDryopteridaceae; subsp. laurentiana Windham; subsp. scopulina
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