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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 (

TaxonPlagiobothrys cognatus
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)plagiobothrys
Species common name(s)cognate allocarya; cognate popcorn-flower; cognate popcorn flower; allied plagiobothrys; allied allocarya
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasleeping popcorn-flower, sleeping popcorn flower, sleeping popcornflower are more commonly applied to Plagiobothrys hispidulus; meadow popcorn-flower, meadow popcornflower, meadow popcorn flower are applied to Plagiobothrys scouleri s.l.; popcorn-flower, popcorn flower, popcornflower, popcorn-flower, popcorn flower, popcornflower, white forget-me-not, cushion cat's-eye, cushion cat's eye, cushion catseye are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAllocarya cognata Greene
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