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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 (

TaxonEustoma exaltatum subsp. exaltatum
Family common name(s)gentian; gentianwort; gentianworts
Genus common name(s)eustoma; mock gentian; catchfly-gentian; catchfly gentian; catch-fly gentian
Species common name(s)tall eustoma; tall prairie-gentian; tall prairie gentian; catchfly prairie-gentian; catchfly prairie gentian; catchfly prairiegentian; western blue gentian; bluebell gentian; mock gentian; alkali chalice; seaside gentian; marshgentian; blue marsh lily; Pecos bluebells; small bluebell
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaprairie gentian, prairiegentian, blue gentian are applied to multiple Gentianaceae taxa; bluebell, blue-bell, blue bell, bluebells, blue-bells, blue bells are applied to taxa in multiple families
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