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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 (

TaxonNavarretia leucocephala subsp. bakeri
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)navarretia
Species common name(s)white-headed navarretia; white headed navarretia; white-head navarretia; whitehead navarretia; white-head pincushion-plant; whitehead pincushionplant; white-flowered navarretia; white flowered navarretia; white-flower navarretia; white flower navarretia; white-flower pincushion-plant; white flower pincushion plant; white vernal pool navarretia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite navarretia, blue navarretia are applied to multiple Navarretia taxa; pincushion-plant, pincushion plant, pincushionplant, pincushion are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesBaker is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Bakers, Bakers' are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcNavarretia bakeri H. Mason
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