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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 (

TaxonGithopsis pulchella subsp. serpentinicola
Family common name(s)campanula; bellflower; bell flower; bellwort; bellworts; harebell
Genus common name(s)githopsis; bluecup; blue-cup; blue cup; bluecups
Species common name(s)large-flowered bluecup; large-flowered blue-cup; largeflower bluecup; Sierra bluecup; Sierra blue-cup; Sierra blue cup; Sierran bluecup
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalooking-glass, looking glass are applied to multiple Campanulaceae taxa; Venus-looking-glass, Venus looking-glass, Venus looking glass, Venus lookingglass, Venuslookingglass, Venus' looking-glass, Venus'-looking-glass, Venus' lookingglass, Venus' looking glass, Venus's-looking-glass are applied to multiple Campanulaceae taxa; looking-glass plant, looking-glass-plant are applied to taxa in multiple families
Noteswhen Sierra, Sierran are used as proper names, upper case preferable
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