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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 (

TaxonAndrosace septentrionalis
Family common name(s)primrose
Genus common name(s)androsace
Species common name(s)northern androsace; northern rock-jasmine; northern rockjasmine; northern fairy-candelabra; northern fairy candelabra; mountain androsace; pygmy-flower androsace; pygmy-flower rock-jasmine; pygmy flower rock jasmine; pygmyflower rock-jasmine; pygmyflower rock jasmine; pygmyflower rockjasmine; pygmy-flower fairy-candelabra; pygmy flower fairy candelabra; pygmy rock-jasmine; pygmy rock jasmine; pygmy rockjasmine; tooth-leaved androsace; tooth-leaf androsace
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxarock-jasmine, rock jasmine, rockjasmine, rock primrose, fairy-candelabra, fairy candelabra, pygmy-flower, pygmy flower, pygmyflower are applied to taxa in multiple families; western rock-jasmine is more commonly applied to Androsace occidentalis
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. subumbellata (A. Nelson) G.T. Robbins; subsp. puberulenta (Rydb.) G.T. Robbins
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