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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 (

TaxonIpomopsis tenuituba
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)ipomopsis; skyrocket gilia; sky-rocket gilia; sky rocket gilia; trumpet gilia; fairy trumpet
Species common name(s)narrow-tube ipomopsis; narrow tube ipomopsis; slender-tube skyrocket; slender tube skyrocket; slendertube skyrocket; slender-trumpet ipomopsis; slender-trumpet standing-cypress
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxascarlet gilia, scarlet-gilia are applied to multiple Ipomopsis taxa; skyrocket, sky-rocket, sky rocket, standing-cypress, standing cypress applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcIpomopsis aggregata (Pursh) V.E. Grant subsp. attenuata (A. Gray) V.E. Grant & A.D. Grant, misapplied
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