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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 (

TaxonEpilobium minutum
Family common name(s)evening primrose; evening-primrose; evening primroses
Genus common name(s)epilobium; epiloby; spike-primrose; spike primrose; spikeprimrose
Species common name(s)minute willow-herb; minute willow herb; minute willowherb; minute willow-weed; minute willow weed; minute willowweed; chaparral willow-herb; chaparral willow herb; chaparral willowherb; chaparral cottonweed; little willow-herb; little willowherb; threadstem fireweed; slender annual fireweed; desert willow herb
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual willow-herb, annual willow herb, annual willowherb, annual fireweed, small willow-weed, small willowweed, small willow-herb, small willowherb, small-flowered willow-herb, small-flowered willow herb, small-flowered willowherb, small flowered willowherb, small-flowered willow-weed, small-flower willowherb, small-flower willow-weed, slender willow-herb, slender willow herb, slender willowherb are applied to multiple Epilobium taxa; cottonweed, cotton-weed, cotton weed, willow-herb, willow herb, willowherb, willow-weed, willow weed, willowweed, fireweed, fire-weed, fire weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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