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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 (

TaxonCalochortus albus
Family common name(s)lily; lilywort; lilyworts
Genus common name(s)calochortus; calochortus lily; mariposa; mariposa-lily; mariposa lily; mariposalily; mariposa lilies; mariposa-tulip; mariposa tulip; butterfly-lily; butterfly lily; butterfly-tulip; butterfly tulip; globe-lily; globe lily; globelily; globe-tulip; globe tulip; sago-lily; sago lily; sego-lily; sego lily; star-tulip; star tulip; startulip
Species common name(s)white fairy-lantern; white fairy lantern; white fairy-lanterns; white fairy lanterns; white globe-lily; white globe lily; white globelily; white globe-tulip; white globe tulip; white globelily lantern; snowy lily-bell; snowy lily bell; lantern of the fairies; alabaster tulip
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketspink fairy-lantern [var. rubellus]; pink fairy lantern [var. rubellus]; pink fairy-lanterns [var. rubellus]; pink fairy lanterns [var. rubellus]; red fairy-lantern [var. rubellus]; red fairy lantern [var. rubellus]; red globe-lily [var. rubellus]; red globe lily [var. rubellus]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite mariposa, white mariposa-lily, white mariposa lily are applied to multiple Calochortus taxa; fairy lantern, fairy-lantern, fairy lanterns, fairy-lanterns, hair-bell, hairbell, hair bell, satin bells, satin bell, satin-bell, lily-bell, lily bell are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian bells
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. albus; var. rubellus Greene
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