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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 micranthum
Family common name(s)flax; flaxwort; flaxworts
Genus common name(s)western-flax; dwarf-flax; dwarf flax; dwarfflax
Species common name(s)small-flowered western-flax; small-flowered western flax; small-flowered dwarf-flax; small-flowered dwarf flax; small flowered dwarf flax; small-flower western-flax; small-flower western flax; small flower western flax; smallflower western-flax; smallflower western flax; small-flower dwarf-flax; small-flower dwarf flax; small flower dwarf flax; smallflower dwarf-flax; small-flower dwarfflax; smallflower dwarfflax; small dwarf flax; little white flax; common dwarf flax; threadstem flax; chaparral flax
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasmall-flowered flax, small-flower flax, smallflower flax, western flax is applied to multiple Linaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLinum micranthum A. Gray
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