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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 (

TaxonNicandra physalodes
Family common name(s)nightshade; night-shade; night shade; nightshades; potato
Genus common name(s)nicandra
Species common name(s)shoo-fly plant; shoofly plant; shoo fly plant; physalis-like apple-of-Peru
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaapple-of-Peru, apple of Peru are applied to multiple Solanaceae taxa; shoo-fly, shoofly, shoo fly, wild hop, wild hops, Chinese-lantern, Chinese lantern, Chinese lantern plant, Chinese lanterns are applied to taxa in multiple families
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