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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 (

TaxonNavarretia linearifolia subsp. pinnatisecta
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)navarretia
Species common name(s)no common name specific to this taxon found
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasmooth-leaved gilia, smooth leaved gilia are applied to multiple Polemoniaceae taxa; pincushion-plant, pincushion plant, pincushionplant, pincushion are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcGilia sinistra M.E. Jones subsp. pinnatisecta (H. Mason & A.D. Grant) A.G. Day; Gilia leptalea (A. Gray) Greene subsp. pinnatisecta H. Mason & A.D. Grant; Navarretia sinistra (M.E. Jones) L.A. Johnson subsp. pinnatisecta (H. Mason & A.D. Grant) L.A. Johnson
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