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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 (

TaxonNama densa var. densa
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)nama; purple-mat; purple mat; purplemat; fiddle-leaf; fiddle leaf; fiddleleaf
Species common name(s)compact nama; compact fiddleleaf; dense purple-mat; dense purple mat; dense purplemat; matted nama; matted purple-mat; matted purple mat; leafy fiddleleaf
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaleafy nama, mat nama, matted fiddleleaf are applied to multiple Nama taxa; compact fiddle-leaf, compact fiddle leaf are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcHydrophyllaceae
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