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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 (

TaxonPiperia elegans subsp. decurtata
Family common name(s)orchid; orchids; orchis
Genus common name(s)piperia; piperia orchid
Species common name(s)elegant piperia; elegant rein-orchid; elegant rein orchid; elegant reinorchid; coast piperia; coast rein-orchid; coast rein orchid; coast rein-orchis; coastal rein-orchis; seaside rein-orchid; seaside rein orchid; hillside piperia; hillside rein-orchid; hillside rein orchid; hillside reinorchid; slender habenaria
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawood rein-orchid, wood rein orchid, long-spiked piperia, long spiked piperia are applied to multiple Piperia taxa; wood orchid, green rein-orchid, green rein orchid, rein-orchid, rein orchid, reinorchid, rein-orchis, rein orchis, green rein-orchis, green rein orchis are applied to multiple Orchidaceae taxa
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