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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 (

TaxonPhacelia egena
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)phacelia
Species common name(s)Kaweah River phacelia; Kaweah River scorpion-weed; Kaweah River scorpionweed; Kaweah River scorpion weed; Kaweah scorpion-weed; short phacelia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia phacelia is more commonly applied to Phacelia californica; mountain phacelia, rock phacelia, rock scorpion-weed, rock scorpionweed, Brand's phacelia, Brand phacelia are applied to multiple Phacelia taxa; caterpillar-weed, caterpillar weed, caterpillarweed, scorpion-weed, scorpionweed, scorpion weed are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcHydrophyllaceae
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