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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 (

TaxonHackelia nervosa
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)hackelia
Species common name(s)Sierra stickseed; Sierran stickseed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSierra forget-me-not, Sierran forget-me-not are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; stickseed, stick-seed, stick seed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Noteswhen Sierra, Sierran are used as proper names, upper case preferable
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