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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 (

TaxonClaytonia parviflora subsp. parviflora
Family common name(s)montia
Genus common name(s)claytonia; spring-beauty; spring beauty; springbeauty; good-morning-spring; good-morning spring; good morning spring; goodmorningspring
Species common name(s)streambank spring-beauty; streambank spring beauty; streambank springbeauty; streambank streambeauty; small-flowered claytonia; small flowered claytonia; small-flowered montia; small-flowered spring-beauty; small-flowered miner's-lettuce; small-flowered miner's lettuce; small-flowered miners-lettuce; small-flowered miners lettuce; small flowered miners lettuce; small-flower claytonia; small-flower miner's-lettuce; small-flower miner's lettuce; little-flower spring-beauty; little-flower springbeauty; small-leaved claytonia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaUtah miner's-lettuce, Utah miner's lettuce, Utah miners lettuce are applied to multiple Claytonia parviflora subspp.; rock montia is applied to multiple Claytonia taxa; narrow-leaved miner's lettuce, narrow leaved miner's lettuce, narrow-leaf miner's-lettuce, narrow-leaf miner's lettuce, narrowleaf miner's lettuce, narrowleaf minerslettuce, small-leaved montia, small leaved montia, small-leaved miner's lettuce, common montia are applied to multiple Montiaceae taxa; miner's-lettuce, miner's lettuce, miners' lettuce, miners lettuce, minerslettuce, minor's lettuce are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (possibly pejorative or derogatory): squaw lettuce, squaw-lettuce, squawlettuce, squaw-cabbage, squaw cabbage; not recommended: Indian-lettuce, Indian lettuce, Indianlettuce
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPortulacaceae
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