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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 (

TaxonPlectritis macrocera
Family common name(s)valerian; valerians
Genus common name(s)plectritis; seablush; sea-blush; sea blush
Species common name(s)long-horned plectritis; long-horn plectritis; long horn plectritis; longhorn plectritis; rotund plectritis; white plectritis; white short-spur plectritis; white seablush; white cupseed; white cornsalad; white corn salad; desert plectritis; desert corn-salad; common plectritis
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsGray's seablush [var. grayi]; Gray seablush [var. grayi]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxashort-spur plectritis, short-spur seablush, short spur seablush, shortspur seablush, long-spurred plectritis, long spurred plectritis applied to multiple Plectritis taxa; corn salad, corn-salad, cornsalad are applied to multiple Valerianaceae taxa
NotesGray (when referring to a person, e.g., A. Gray) is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Grays is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. grayi (Suksd.) Dyal; subsp. grayi (Suksd.) Morey; var. macrocera; subsp. macrocera
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