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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 rivularis
Family common name(s)mallow; mallows; cotton
Genus common name(s)iliamna
Species common name(s)streambank globe-mallow; streambank globe mallow; streambank globemallow; stream-bank globe-mallow; stream-bank globe mallow; stream bank globe mallow; streambank wild hollyhock; streambank wild-hollyhock; streambank wildhollyhock; streamside wild hollyhock; streamside wild-hollyhock; streamside hollyhock; mountain wild hollyhock; mountain wild-hollyhock; great globemallow
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain globemallow, mountain-globemallow, mountain hollyhock, 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; Kankakee mallow is more commonly applied to Kankakee mallow
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