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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 (

TaxonLithospermum incisum
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)stoneseed; stone-seed; stone seed; stony-seed; stony seed; gromwell; puccoon
Species common name(s)incised puccoon; plains stoneseed; showy stoneseed; narrow-leaved stoneseed; narrow leaved stoneseed; narrow-leaved gromwell; narrow-leaved puccoon; narrow leaved puccoon; narrow-leafed stoneseed; narrow leafed stoneseed; narrow-leafed puccoon; narrow-leaf stone-seed; narrow-leaf stone seed; narrow leaf stone seed; narrow-leaf stoneseed; narrowleaf stoneseed; narrow-leaf gromwell; narrow-leaf gromwell; narrowleaf gromwell; narrow leaf gromwell; narrow-leaf puccoon; long-flowered puccoon; long-flower puccoon; fringed gromwell; fringed puccoon; fringed yellow puccoon; trumpet stoneseed; toothed gromwell
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxashowy puccoon, yellow stoneseed are applied to multiple Lithospermum taxa; yellow puccoon, puccoon are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian paint
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