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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 primiveris subsp. primiveris
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)spring evening-primrose; spring evening primrose; early evening-primrose; early evening primrose; yellow-flower desert evening-primrose; yellow desert evening-primrose; yellow desert evening primrose; large yellow desert evening-primrose; large yellow desert primrose; large yellow primrose; bottle evening-primrose; bottle evening primrose; yellow sun cups
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxayellow evening-primrose, yellow evening primrose, yellow eveningprimrose are applied to multiple Onagraceae taxa; desert primrose, desert-primrose, desert evening primrose, desert evening-primrose, desert eveningprimrose, yellow desert-primrose, yellow desert primrose, yellow primrose are applied to multiple Onagraceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. caulescens (Munz) Munz
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