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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 (

TaxonPlatanthera sparsiflora
Family common name(s)orchid; orchids; orchis
Genus common name(s)platanthera
Species common name(s)sparse-flowered bog-orchid; sparse-flowered bog orchid; sparse-flowered bog-orchid; sparsely flowered bog orchid; few-flowered bog-orchid; few-flowered bog orchid; few-flowered rein-orchid; few-flowered rein orchid; Watson's bog-orchid; Watson's bog orchid; canyon bog-orchid; canyon bog orchid; green canyon orchid
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaslender bog-orchid, slender bog orchid are more commonly applied to Platanthera stricta; bog-orchid, bog orchid, bogorchid, green rein-orchid, green rein orchid, rein-orchid, rein orchid, reinorchid, rein-orchis, rein orchis, fragrant orchid, fringed-orchid, fringed orchid, fringed orchis are applied to multiple Orchidaceae taxa
NotesWatson is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Watsons is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLimnorchis sparsiflora (S. Watson) Rydb.
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