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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 (

TaxonOenothera deltoides subsp. cognata
Family common name(s)evening primrose; evening-primrose; evening primroses
Genus common name(s)oenothera; evening-primrose; evening primrose; eveningprimrose; evening-primroses
Species common name(s)bird-cage evening-primrose; bird-cage evening primrose; birdcage evening-primrose; birdcage evening primrose; desert birdcage evening-primrose; bird-cage primrose; bird cage primrose; birdcage primrose; desert birdcage primrose; basket evening-primrose; basket evening primrose; desert dune primrose; large desert evening-primrose; large-desert evening-primrose; triangle evening-primrose; triangle evening primrose; triangle eveningprimrose; devil's-lantern; devil's lantern; lion-in-a-cage; lion in a cage
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite desert-primrose, white desert primrose, fragrant evening-primrose, fragrant evening primrose are applied to multiple Oenothera taxa; desert primrose, desert-primrose, dune evening-primrose, dune evening primrose, dune primrose, dune-primrose, desert lantern are applied to multiple Onagraceae taxa
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