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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 (

TaxonDiplacus puniceus
Family common name(s)lopseed; lop-seed; lopseeds; monkeyflower; monkey-flower; monkey flower
Genus common name(s)diplacus
Species common name(s)red bush-monkeyflower; red bush monkeyflower; red bush monkey-flower; red bush-monkey-flower; red bush monkey flower; mission red monkeyflower; mission red monkey-flower; mission red monkey-flower; mission monkey flower; San Diego monkeyflower; San Diego monkey flower; coast red monkeyflower
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabush-monkeyflower, bush monkeyflower, bush-monkey-flower, bush monkey-flower, bush monkey flower, sticky monkeyflower, sticky monkey-flower, sticky monkey flower, red mimulus, red monkeyflower, red monkey-flower, red monkey flower, pink monkeyflower, pink monkey-flower, pink monkey flower, coast monkeyflower, coast monkey-flower, coast monkey flower, coastal monkeyflower, coastal monkey-flower, coastal monkey flower, Sierra monkey-flower, Sierra monkey flower are applied to multiple Mimulus s.l. taxa; monkey faces, monkey-faces is applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.; Mimulus puniceus (Nutt.) Steud.; Mimulus aurantiacus Curtis var. puniceus (Nutt.) D.M. Thomps.
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