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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 (

TaxonIliamna latibracteata
Family common name(s)mallow; mallows; cotton
Genus common name(s)iliamna
Species common name(s)California globe-mallow; California globe mallow; California wild hollyhock; California wild-hollyhock California wildhollyhock; broad-bracted globe-mallow; broad-bracted globe mallow; broad-bracted globemallow
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia globemallow, wild hollyhock, wild-hollyhock, wildhollyhock are applied to multiple Malvaceae taxa; globe-mallow, globe mallow, globemallow, globe-mallo, globe mallo, globemallo are more commonly applied to Sphaeralcea
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