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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 (

TaxonSidalcea glaucescens
Family common name(s)mallow; mallows; cotton
Genus common name(s)sidalcea; checker-mallow; checker mallow; checkermallow; checker-mallo; checker mallo; chequer-mallow; checker-bloom; checker bloom; checkerbloom; Greek mallow; miniature hollyhock
Species common name(s)glaucous sidalcea; glaucous checker-mallow; glaucous checker mallow; glaucous checker-bloom; glaucous checke rbloom; glaucous checkerbloom; waxy sidalcea; waxy checker-mallow; waxy checker mallow; waxy checker-mallow; waxy checker bloom; waxy checkerbloom; waxy checkerbloom; bird checkermallow; bird checker
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaprairie-mallow, prairie mallow, prairiemallow applied to multiple Malvaceae taxa; globe-mallow, globe mallow, globemallow, globe-mallo, globe mallo, globemallo are more commonly applied to Sphaeralcea
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