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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 (

TaxonMertensia longiflora
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)mertensia; chiming-bells; chiming bells; chimingbells; languid-lady; languid lady; languid-ladies
Species common name(s)long-flowered mertensia; long-flowered bluebells; long-flowered bluebell; long flowered bluebells; long-flowered lungwort; long-flower bluebells; longflower bluebells; longflower bluebell; long-tubed bluebell; long bluebells; large-flowered lungwort; small bluebells; trumpet bluebells; trumpet bluebell
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalungwort, lung-wort, lung wort, bluebells, blue-bells, blue bells, bluebell, blue-bell, blue bell, small bluebell are applied to taxa in multiple families
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