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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 (

TaxonPiperia elongata
Family common name(s)orchid; orchids; orchis
Genus common name(s)piperia; piperia orchid
Species common name(s)elongate piperia; elongate rein-orchid; dense-flowered piperia; dense-flowered rein-orchid; dense-flowered rein orchid; dense flowered rein orchid; denseflowered reinorchid; dense-flower rein-orchid; dense-flower rein orchid; dense flower rein orchid; denseflower rein orchid; dense-flower reinorchid; tall rein orchid; long-spurred piperia; long-spurred chaparral piperia; long-spurred rein-orchid; long-spurred rein orchid; long-spur piperia; long-spur rein-orchid; long-spur rein orchid; green-flowered piperia; green flowered piperia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxachaparral orchid, wood rein-orchid, wood rein orchid, long-spiked piperia, long spiked piperia are applied to multiple Piperia taxa; rein-orchid, rein orchid, reinorchid, rein-orchis, rein orchis, wood orchid are applied to multiple Orchidaceae taxa
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