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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 trachycarpus
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)rough-fruited plagiobothrys; rough-fruited allocarya; rough-fruited popcorn-flower; rough-fruited popcornflower; rough-fruited popcorn flower; rough-fruit popcorn-flower; rough-fruit popcorn flower; rough-fruit popcornflower; roughfruit popcornflower; rough-nutlet popcorn-flower; rough-nutlet popcornflower
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacoastal popcorn flower is applied to multiple Plagiobothrys taxa; popcorn-flower, popcorn flower, popcornflower are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAllocarya trachycarpa (A. Gray) Greene
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