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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 (

TaxonIris fernaldii
Family common name(s)iris; irises
Genus common name(s)iris; fleur-de-lys; fleur de lys; fleur-de-lis; fleur de lis; fleur-de-luce; fleur de luce; flower-de-luce; flower de luce; flag iris; flag; flags; flag-lily; flag lily; flaglily
Species common name(s)Fernald's iris; Fernald iris
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain iris is applied to multiple Iris taxa; snake-lily. snake lily, snakelily are applied to taxa in multiple families.
NotesFernald is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Fernalds is an error
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