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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 (

TaxonPectocarya penicillata
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)pectocarya; pectocary; comb-bur; combbur; comb bur; comb-seed; combseed; comb-fruit
Species common name(s)sleeping combseed; short-leaf combseed; shortleaf combseed; short leaf combseed; short-leaf comb-seed; short leaf comb seed; roadside comb-fruit; northern pectocarya
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahairy-leaved pectocarya, hairy-leaved comb-bur, hairy-leaved combbur, hairy-leaved comb bur, hairyleaf combbur, winged pectocarya, winged comb-seed, winged combseed, slender combseed are applied to multiple Pectocarya taxa; cushion cat's-eye, cushion cat's eye, cushion catseye are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa
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