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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 (

TaxonNemophila menziesii var. integrifolia
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)nemophila; nemophile; baby-blue-eyes; baby blue-eyes; baby blue eyes; babyblue-eyes; baby blueeyes; baby-eyes; baby eyes; grove-lover; grovelover
Species common name(s)Menzies's baby-blue-eyes; Menzies's baby blue eyes; Menzies's baby blue-eyes; Menzies' baby-blue-eyes; Menzies' baby blue eyes; Menzies' baby blue-eyes; Menzies baby-blue-eyes; Menzies baby blue eyes; Menzies baby blue-eyes; common baby-blue-eyes; common baby blue-eyes; common baby blue eyes
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasmall-flower baby blue eyes is applied to multiple Nemophila taxa; California bluebells, California blue-bells, California blue bells, bluebells, blue-bells, blue bells are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesMenzies is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Menzie's, Menzes's are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcHydrophyllaceae
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