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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 (

TaxonLithophragma maximum
Family common name(s)saxifrage; saxifrages
Genus common name(s)lithophragma; prairie-star; prairie star; prairiestar; rockstar
Species common name(s)San Clemente Island woodland-star; San Clemente Island woodland star; San Clemente Island woodlandstar
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxastarflower, star-flower, star flower, woodland star, woodland-star, woodlandstar, woodland starflower, rock-star, rock star are applied to taxa in multiple families
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