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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 michaelii
Family common name(s)orchid; orchids; orchis
Genus common name(s)piperia; piperia orchid
Species common name(s)Michael's piperia; Michael's piperia orchid; Michael's rein-orchid; Michael's rein orchid; Michael's rein-orchis; Michael's rein orchis; Michael piperia; Michael piperia orchid; Michael rein-orchid; Michael rein orchid; Michael rein-orchis; Michael rein orchis; purple-flowered piperia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxarein-orchid, rein orchid, reinorchid, rein-orchis, rein orchis, wood orchid are applied to multiple Orchidaceae taxa
NotesMichael is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Michaels is an error; reign orchid appears to be an error
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