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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 (

TaxonGilia tenuiflora subsp. arenaria
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)gilia
Species common name(s)slender-flowered gilia; slender flowered gilia; slender-flower gilia; slenderflower gilia; greater yellow-throated gilia; greater yellow-throat gilia; greater yellowthroat gilia; greater yellow-throat gily-flower; greater yellow throat gily flower
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadune gilia is applied to multiple Gilia taxa; Monterey gilia, sand gilia, sand gily-flower, slender gilia, yellow-throated gilia, yellow throated gilia are applied to multiple Polomoniaceae taxa; gilliflower, gilli-flower, gillyflower, gilly-flower, gilly flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
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