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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 (

TaxonCryptantha cinerea var. abortiva
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)cryptantha; cryptanth; cryptanthe
Species common name(s)James's cryptantha; James's cryptanth; James's cat's-eye; James's catseye; James' cryptantha; James' cryptanth; James' cat's-eye; James catseye; James cryptantha; James catseye; James cat's-eye; James catseye; ash-grey cryptantha
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxanames related to James may be most appropriately applied to var. jamesii; popcorn-flower, popcorn flower, popcornflower, white forget-me-not, white-forget-me-nots are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; wild forget-me-not is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesJames is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Jame's is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcOreocarya abortiva Greene
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