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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 (

TaxonPlagiobothrys canescens var. catalinensis
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)plagiobothrys
Species common name(s)valley popcorn-flower; valley popcorn flower; valley popcornflower; valley popcorn; Valley popcorn-flower; Valley popcorn flower; Valley popcornflower; gray popcorn-flower; grey popcorn-flower; gray popcorn flower; grey popcorn flower; gray popcornflower; grey popcornflower; hoary popcorn flower
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon popcorn-flower, common popcornflower, common popcorn flower, popcorn-flower, popcorn flower, popcornflower are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; bracted popcorn-flower, bracted popcornflower, bracted popcorn flower are more commonly applied to Plagiobothrys bracteatus
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