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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 (

TaxonMertensia oblongifolia var. amoena
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)mertensia; chiming-bells; chiming bells; chimingbells; languid-lady; languid lady; languid-ladies
Species common name(s)oblong-leaved bluebells; oblong-leaved bluebell; oblong-leaf bluebells; oblong leaf bluebells; oblongleaf bluebells; oblong-leaf bluebell; oblong leaf bluebell; oblong bluebells; leafy bluebells; leafy bluebell; leafy lungwort; sagebrush bluebells; sagebrush bluebell
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabeautiful bluebells, western bluebell, western bluebells are applied to multiple Mertensia taxa; lungwort, lung-wort, lung wort, bluebells, blue-bells, blue bells, bluebell, blue-bell, blue bell are applied to taxa in multiple families; spindle-root bluebells, spindleroot bluebells are more commonly applied to Mertensia fusiformis; green-leaf bluebells, greenleaf bluebells are more commonly applied to Mertensia viridis
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