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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 (

TaxonCollinsia torreyi var. latifolia
Family common name(s)plantain; plantains
Genus common name(s)collinsia; blue-eyed-Mary; blue-eyed Mary; blue eyed Mary; blueeyed Mary; blue-eye-Mary; blue-eye Mary; Mary blue-lips; blue-lips; blue lips; bluelips; Chinese-houses; Chinese houses; Chinesehouses
Species common name(s)Torrey's collinsia; Torrey's blue-eyed-Mary; Torrey's blue-eyed Mary; Torrey's blue eyed Mary; Torrey collinsia; Torrey blue-eyed-Mary; Torrey blue-eyed Mary; Torrey blue eyed Mary
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabroad-leaved collinsia, broad leaved collinsia, broad-leaf collinsia, broad leaf collinsia are applied to multiple Collinsia taxa; innocence is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesTorrey is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Torreys is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.
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