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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 (

TaxonSilene gallica
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)silene
Species common name(s)small-flowered silene; small-flowered catchfly; small-flowered catch-fly; small flowered catch fly; small-flowered campion; small flowered campion; small-flower catchfly; Gallic catchfly; French silene; French catchfly; French catch-fly; French campion; gallic catchfly; French windmill pink; English catchfly; English catch-fly; common catchfly; common catch-fly; windmill catchfly
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaforked catch-fly is applied to multiple Silene taxa; campion, wild pink, windmill pink, windmill-pink, windmill pinks, catchfly, catch-fly, catch fly are applied to multiple Caryophyllaceae taxa; pink, Cupids-daisy, limewort, little brown pigs are applied taxa in multiple families
NotesFrench, English are proper names, so upper case preferable
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