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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 californica
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)California eschscholzia; California eschscholzia-poppy; California eschscholzia poppy; Californian eschscholzia; California Eschscholtz poppy; common California-poppy; common California poppy; common Californiapoppy; orange California-poppy; orange California poppy; orange-flowered California poppy; orange flowered California poppy; common Californian-poppy; common Californian poppy; California golden-poppy; California golden poppy; California goldenpoppy; Californian golden-poppy; Californian golden poppy; California gold-poppy; California gold poppy; California goldpoppy; Californian gold-poppy; California sunlight; California cup of gold; California's cup of gold; California's copa de oro; California copa de oro; Chamisso's eschscholzia; Chamisso golden poppy; Chamisso-golden poppy
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsCalifornia state poppy [subsp. californica]; California State poppy [subsp. californica]; Mexican California-poppy [subsp. mexicana]; Mexican California poppy [subsp. mexicana]; Mexican golden-poppy; Mexican golden poppy [subsp. mexicana]; Mexican goldenpoppy [subsp. mexicana]; Mexican gold-poppy [subsp. mexicana]; Mexican gold poppy [subsp. mexicana]; Mexican goldpoppy [subsp. mexicana]; desert California poppy [subsp. mexicana]; Kernville poppy [Eschscholzia procera]; Kernville golden-poppy [Eschscholzia procera]; Kernville goldenpoppy [Eschscholzia procera]
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; tufted poppy is more commonly applied to Eschscholzia caespitosa; golden-poppy, golden poppy goldenpoppy, yellow poppy, desert-poppy, desert poppy, true California poppy, orange poppy are applied to multiple Papaveraceae taxa; cups-of-gold, cups of gold, copa de oro, copa-de-oro, torosa, dormidera are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCalifornia, Californian, Chamisso are proper names, so upper case preferable; Californiasis an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. californica; subsp. mexicana (Greene) C. Clark; Eschscholzia procera Greene
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