Directory       News       Site Map       Home

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 (

TaxonPyrola chlorantha
Family common name(s)heath; heather; heathwort; heathworts
Genus common name(s)pyrola; shin-leaf; shin leaf; shinleaf
Species common name(s)green-flowered pyrola; green-flowered wintergreen; green flowered wintergreen; greenflowered wintergreen; green-flower wintergreen; greenish-flowered wintergreen; greenish flowered wintergreen; greenish-flower wintergreen; greenish pyrola; greenish wintergreen; pale green pyrola; pale-green wintergreen; pale green wintergreen; green pyrola; green wintergreen; green shinleaf; sharp-petaled wintergreen; sharp-petal wintergreen
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafalse wintergreen is applied to multiple Pyrola taxa; wintergreen, winter-green, winter green are applied to multiple Ericaceae taxa
  Copyright © 2017 Regents of the University of California — Updated 02 June 2017