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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 (

TaxonLobelia cardinalis var. pseudosplendens
Family common name(s)campanula; bellflower; bell flower; bellwort; bellworts; harebell
Genus common name(s)lobelia
Species common name(s)cardinal red lobelia; cardinal lobelia; red lobelia; scarlet lobelia; red cardinal-flower; red cardinal flower; red cardinal; scarlet cardinal-flower; scarlet cardinal flower; scarlet cardinal's flower; cardinal's crown; hog-physic; hog physic; hog's physic; red-Betty; red Betty
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaMexican lobelia, high-belia, highbelia, high belia are applied to multiple Lobelia taxa; cardinal-flower, cardinalflower, cardinal flower, cardinal's flower, stink-weed, stink weed, stinkweed, slink-weed, slinkweed, slink weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian-tobacco, Indian tobacco
Notesnote in TJM-1: included by McVaugh in subsp. graminea (Lam.) McVaugh
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