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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 leptantha subsp. purpusii
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)gilia
Species common name(s)fine-flowered gilia; fine flowered gilia; fineflowered gilia; fine-flower gilia; fine flower gilia; fineflower gilia; showy blue gilia; snow blue gilia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxashowy gilia, showy gily-flower, blue gilia are applied to multiple Gilia taxa; broad-flowered gilia, broad flowered gilia, slender gilia are applied to multiple Polemoniaceae taxa; Gabriel's trumpet, Gabriel trumpet, gilliflower, gilli-flower, gillyflower, gilly-flower, gilly flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPurpus is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Purpu's is an error
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