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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 (

TaxonEschscholzia caespitosa
Family common name(s)poppy; poppywort; poppyworts, amapola
Genus common name(s)eschscholzia; eschscholzia-poppy; eschscholzia poppy; Eschscholtz's poppy; Eschscholtz poppy; California-poppy; California poppy; Californiapoppy; Californian-poppy; Californian poppy; gold-poppy; gold poppy; goldpoppy; cups-of-flame; cups of flame
Species common name(s)tufted eschscholzia; tufted eschscholzia poppy; tufted poppy; tufted-poppy; yellow tufted poppy; tufted California-poppy; tufted California poppy; tufted golden-poppy; tufted golden poppy; tufted gold-poppy; caespitose poppy; foothill poppy; foothill-poppy; foothill golden-poppy; foothill golden poppy; annual chaparral poppy; collarless poppy; collarless California-poppy; collarless California poppy; slender California-poppy; slender California poppy; dwarf California poppy; dwarf Californian poppy; pastel poppy
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual California-poppy, annual California poppy, annual gold-poppy, yellow California poppy are applied to multiple Eschscholzia taxa; golden-poppy, golden poppy goldenpoppy are applied to multiple Papaveraceae taxa; cups-of-gold, cups of gold are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCalifornia, Californian are proper names, so upper case preferable; Californias is an error
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