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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 exaltata
Family common name(s)gentian; gentianwort; gentianworts
Genus common name(s)zeltnera
Species common name(s)desert centaury; Great Basin centaury; western centaury; western centaurium; exalted centaury; tall centaury
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsNevada centaury [Centaurium namophilum var. nevadense]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaGreat Basin centaury has inappropriately been applied to applied to Centaurium calycosum (Zeltnera calycosa); spring-loving centaury, spring loving centaury, springloving centaury are more commonly applied to Zeltnera namophila (Centaurium namophilum); canchalagua, cancha lagua, chanchalagua, conchalagua, centaury are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCentaurium exaltatum (Griseb.) Piper
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