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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 tenellus
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)Pacific popcorn-flower; Pacific popcornflower; Pacific popcornflower; slender plagiobothrys
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaslender popcornflower, slender popcorn flower, slender pop-corn flower, small popcorn flower are applied to multiple Plagiobothrys taxa; popcorn-flower, popcorn flower, popcornflower are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; pop-corn flower is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPacific is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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