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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 (

TaxonOenothera sinuosa
Family common name(s)evening primrose; evening-primrose; evening primroses
Genus common name(s)oenothera; evening-primrose; evening primrose; eveningprimrose; evening-primroses
Species common name(s)sinuate-leaved gaura; sinuate-leaf gaura; wavy-leaved gaura; wavy-leafed gaura; wavy leafed gaura; wavy-leaf gaura; wavy leaf gaura; wavyleaf gaura; wavy-leaf beeblossom; wavy leaf beeblossom; wavyleaf beeblossom; wavyleaf bee-blossom; wavyleaf bee blossom; wavy-leaf butterfly-weed; Red River gaura; Red-River gaura
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxavelvet-weed, velvet weed, velvetweed, wild honeysuckle, butterfly-weed, butterfly weed, butterflyweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcGaura sinuata Nutt. ex Ser.; Gaura villosa Torr. var. villosa, misapplied; Gaura villosa Torr. var. mckelveyae Munz, misapplied
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