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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 tricolor subsp. tricolor
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)gilia
Species common name(s)tricolored gilia; tri-colored gilia; tricolor gilia; tri-color gilia; three-colored gilia; three colored gilia; three-coloured gilia; bird's-eyes gilia; bird's eyes gilia; birds'-eyes gilia birds' eyes gilia; birds-eyes gilia; birds eyes gilia; bird's-eye gilia; bird's eye gilia; birds-eye gilia; birds eye gilia; birdseye gilia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabird's eyes, bird's eye, birds eyes, birds eye, gilliflower, gilli-flower, gillyflower, gilly-flower, gilly flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
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