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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 (

TaxonEremalche parryi subsp. parryi
Family common name(s)mallow; mallows; cotton
Genus common name(s)eremalche; lonely mallow
Species common name(s)Parry's eremalche; Parry's mallow; Parry eremalche; Parry mallow
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafalse-mallow, false mallow, falsemallow, false mallo, desert-mallow, desert mallow, violet mallow are applied to multiple Malvaceae taxa
NotesParry is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Parrys is an error
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