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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 (

TaxonSaxifraga mertensiana
Family common name(s)saxifrage; saxifrages
Genus common name(s)saxifraga; saxifrage
Species common name(s)Mertens's saxifrage; Mertens's woodland saxifrage; Mertens' saxifrage; Mertens' woodland saxifrage; Mertens saxifrage; Mertens woodland saxifrage; wood saxifrage
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawoodland saxifrage is applied to multiple Saxifraga taxa; Mayflower, May flower, mayflower are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesMertens is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Merten's, Merten are errors
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