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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 (

TaxonAliciella humillima
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)aliciella; Alice-flower; Alice flower
Species common name(s)smallest aliciella; smallest gilia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasand gilia, sand gily-flower are applied to multiple Polemoniaceae taxa; gilliflower, gilli-flower, gillyflower, gilly-flower, gilly flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesAlice is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcGilia leptomeria A. Gray, in part; Aliciella triodon (Eastw.) Brand var. humillima Brand; Gilia humillima (Brand) A.G. Day ex V.E. Grant
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