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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 (

TaxonTolmiea diplomenziesii
Family common name(s)saxifrage; saxifrages
Genus common name(s)tolmiea; tolmieya; tolmie; pig-a-back plant; pig a back plant; piggy-back plant; piggy-back-plant; piggy back plant; piggyback plant; pick-a-back plant; pick-a-back-plant; pick a back plant; pickaback plant; youth-on-age; youth on age; youth-on-age plant; youth on age plant
Species common name(s)diploid tolmiea; diploid Menzies's tolmiea; diploid Menzies' tolmiea; diploid Menzies tolmiea; Menzies's diploid tolmiea; Menzies' diploid tolmiea; Menzies diploid tolmiea; diploid youth-on-age; diploid piggy-back plant; diploid piggyback plant
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamother of thousands, mother-of-thousands, mother of a thousand are applied to taxa in multiple families
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