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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 (

TaxonZeltnera davyi
Family common name(s)gentian; gentianwort; gentianworts
Genus common name(s)zeltnera
Species common name(s)Davy's centaury; Davy centaury; Burtt Davy's centaury; Burtt Davy centaury; pink white-eyed centaury
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacanchalagua, cancha lagua, chanchalagua, conchalagua, centaury are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesDavy is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Davys is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCentaurium davyi (Jeps.) Abrams; Centaurium muehlenbergii (Griseb.) Piper, misapplied
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