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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 malviflora subsp. californica
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)mallow sidalcea; dwarf checker-mallow; dwarf checker mallow; dwarf checkermallow; dwarf checker-bloom; dwarf checker bloom; dwarf checkerbloom; common checker-bloom; common checker bloom; common checkerbloom; hill checker
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxachaparral checker-bloom, chaparral checker bloom, chaparral checkerbloom are applied to multiple Sidalcea taxa; prairie-mallow, prairie mallow, prairiemallow, California globemallow are applied to multiple Malvaceae taxa; globe-mallow, globe mallow, globemallow, globe-mallo, globe mallo, globemallo are more commonly applied to Sphaeralcea; wild hollyhock, wild-hollyhock, wildhollyhock are applied to multiple Malvaceae taxa
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