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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 (

TaxonMimulus palmeri
Family common name(s)lopseed; lop-seed; lopseeds; monkeyflower; monkey-flower; monkey flower
Genus common name(s)mimulus; monkeyflower; monkey-flower; monkey flower
Species common name(s)Palmer's monkeyflower; Palmer's monkey-flower; Palmer's monkey flower; Palmer's mimulus; Palmer monkeyflower; Palmer monkey-flower; Palmer monkey flower; Palmer mimulus
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsPalomar monkeyflower [Mimulus diffusus]; Palomar monkey-flower [Mimulus diffusus]; Palomar monkey flower [Mimulus diffusus]; Mrs. Grant's monkey-flower [Mimulus diffusus]; Grant's monkey flower [Mimulus diffusus]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual monkeyflower, annual monkey-flower, annual monkey flower are applied to multiple Mimulus s.l. taxa; monkey faces, monkey-faces is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPalmer, Grant are proper names, so upper case preferable; Palmers, Grants are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.; Erythranthe palmeri (A. Gray) N.S. Fraga; Mimulus diffusus A.L. Grant; Erythranthe diffusa (A.L. Grant) N.S. Fraga
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