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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 (

TaxonNicotiana acuminata var. multiflora
Family common name(s)nightshade; night-shade; night shade; nightshades; potato
Genus common name(s)tobacco; tobacco plant; flowering tobacco; flowering-tobacco
Species common name(s)acuminate tobacco; sticky tobacco
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamany-flower tobacco, many flower tobacco, manyflower tobacco are most appropriately applied to var. multiflora; wild tobacco is applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian tobacco, Indian-tobacco, many-flowered Indian tobacco, sticky Indian tobacco
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