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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 (

TaxonHesperolinon congestum
Family common name(s)flax; flaxwort; flaxworts
Genus common name(s)western-flax; dwarf-flax; dwarf flax; dwarfflax
Species common name(s)Marin western-flax; Marin western flax; Marin dwarf western-flax; Marin dwarf western flax; Marin dwarf-flax; Marin dwarf flax; Marin flax; congested dwarf-flax; congested dwarf flax
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern flax is applied to multiple Linaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLinum congestum A. Gray
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