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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 (

TaxonGentiana newberryi var. tiogana
Family common name(s)gentian; gentianwort; gentianworts
Genus common name(s)gentian
Species common name(s)Newberry's gentian; Newberry's alpine gentian; Newberry gentian; Newberry alpine gentian; mat gentian
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaalpine gentian is applied to multiple Gentiana taxa; fieldwort, field-wort, bitterwort, bitter-wort, bitter wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesNewberry is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Newberrys is an error; when Sierra is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
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