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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 (

TaxonFritillaria gentneri
Family common name(s)lily; lilywort; lilyworts
Genus common name(s)fritillaria; fritillary; mission-bells; mission bells; missionbells; checker-lily; checker lily; checkerlily; checkered lily; rice-root; rice root; riceroot; rice-roots; rice roots
Species common name(s)Gentner's fritillaria; Gentner's fritillary; Gentner's mission-bells; Gentner's missionbells; Gentner fritillaria; Gentner fritillary; Gentner mission-bells; Gentner missionbells
NotesGentner is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Gentners is an error
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