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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 (

TaxonParnassia cirrata var. cirrata
Family common name(s)parnassia; grass-of-Parnassus; grass of Parnassus
Genus common name(s)parnassia; grass-of-Parnassus; grass of Parnassus; bog-star; bog star; bogstar
Species common name(s)no common name specific to this taxon found
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSan Bernardino is most appropriately applied to the typical var.; fringed grass-of-Parnassus, fringed grass of Parnassus are applied to multiple Parnassia taxa; white buttercup is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesSan Bernardino, Parnassus are proper names, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSaxifragaceae
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