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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 (

TaxonEremothera boothii subsp. alyssoides
Family common name(s)evening primrose; evening-primrose; evening primroses
Genus common name(s)eremothera; desert oenothera
Species common name(s)Booth's camissonia; Booth's suncup; Booth's sun-cup; Booth's sun cup; Booth's evening-primrose; Booth's evening primrose; Booth's eveningprimrose; Booth's desert-primrose; Booth's desert primrose; Booth's primrose; Booth camissonia; Booth suncup; Booth sun-cup; Booth sun cup; Booth evening-primrose; Booth evening primrose; Booth eveningprimrose; Booth desert-primrose; Booth desert primrose; Booth primrose
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert primrose, desert-primrose, desert lantern, hairy evening primrose, hairy evening-primrose, hairy eveningprimrose applied to multiple Onagraceae taxa; bottle washer, bottle washers are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesBooth is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Booths is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCamissonia boothii (Douglas) P.H. Raven subsp. alyssoides (Hook. & Arn.) P.H. Raven; Oenothera alyssoides Hook. & Arn.
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