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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 (

TaxonCynoglossum grande
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)hound's-tongue; hound's tongue; hounds'-tongue; houndstongue; hounds-tongue; hounds tongue; dog-bur; dog bur; dog's burr
Species common name(s)grand hound's-tongue; grand hound's tongue; great hound's tongue; large hound's tongue; Pacific hound's-tongue; Pacific hound's tongue; Pacific houndstongue
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern hound's-tongue, western hound's tongue, western houndstongue are applied to multiple Cynoglossum taxa; cushion cat's-eye, cushion cat's eye, cushion catseye are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; beggar's-lice, beggar's lice, beggars lice, beggars-lice, beggarticks, beggar's-ticks, beggar's ticks, beggars' tick, beggars-ticks, beggar ticks, beggar-ticks, Velcro weed, Velcro plant, stickseed, stick-seed, stick seed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPacific is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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