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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 (

TaxonCheilanthes parryi
Family common name(s)brake; brake-fern; brake fern; brakefern; cliff brake fern
Genus common name(s)cheilanthes; lip-fern; lip fern; lipfern
Species common name(s)Parry's cheilanthes; Parry's lip-fern; Parry's lip fern; Parry's lipfern; Parry's cloak-fern; Parry's cloak fern; Parry's cloakfern; Parry cheilanthes; Parry lip-fern; Parry lip fern; Parry lipfern; Parry cloak-fern; Parry cloak fern; Parry cloakfern
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacloak fern, cloak fern, cloak fern are applied to multiple Pteridaceae taxa
NotesParry is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Parrys is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcMyriopteris parryi (D. C. Eaton) Grusz & Windham; Notholaena parryi D.C. Eaton
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