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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 (

TaxonGilia aliquanta subsp. aliquanta
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)gilia
Species common name(s)puckered gilia; puffed-calyx gilia; puffed calyx gilia; puff-calyx gilia; puff calyx gilia; puffcalyx gilia; puff-calyx gily-flower; puff calyx gily flower; western gilia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagilliflower, gilli-flower, gillyflower, gilly-flower, gilly flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
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