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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 (

TaxonLimnanthes douglasii subsp. rosea
Family common name(s)meadowfoam; meadow-foam; meadow foam; false-mermaid; false mermaid
Genus common name(s)limnanthes; meadowfoam; meadow-foam; meadow foam
Species common name(s)Douglas's limnanthes; Douglas's meadowfoam; Douglas's meadow-foam; Douglas's meadow foam; Douglas' meadowfoam; Douglas' meadow-foam; Douglas' meadow foam; Douglas meadowfoam; Douglas meadow-foam; Douglas meadow foam; poached-egg meadowfoam; poached egg meadowfoam; poached egg meadow-foam; poached-egg meadow-foam; poached egg meadow foam; poached-egg plant; poached egg plant; foam-and-eggs flower; foam and eggs flower; common meadowfoam; common meadow-foam; common meadow foam
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapoached egg flower, poached eggs, fried eggs, fried egg flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesDouglas is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Dougla's is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. rosea (Hartw. ex Benth.) C.T. Mason; Limnanthes rosea Hartw. ex Benth.
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