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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 (

TaxonVeratrum californicum var. californicum
Family common name(s)false hellebore; bunchflower
Genus common name(s)veratrum; false-hellebore; false hellebore; falsehellebore; false-hellobore; false hellobore
Species common name(s)California veratrum; California false-helleborne; California false helleborne; California falsehellebore; California corn-lily; California corn lily; California cornlily; California skunk-cabbage; California skunk cabbage; California skunkcabbage; California wild hellebore; Californian corn-lily; Californian corn lily; Californian skunk-cabbage; Californian skunk cabbage; western false-hellebore; western false hellebore; western corn-lily; western corn lily
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketstailed false-hellebore [var. caudatum]; tailed false hellebore [var. caudatum]; tailed wild hellebore [var. caudatum]; tailed skunk-cabbage [var. caudatum]; tailed skunk cabbage [var. caudatum]; Cascade false-hellebore [var. caudatum]; Cascade false hellebore [var. caudatum]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagreen veratrum, white false-hellebore, white false hellebore are applied to multiple Veratrum taxa; skunk-cabbage, skunk cabbage, skunkcabbage, corn lily, corn-lily, cornlily, hellebore, elever, eliber are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian poke
Noteswhen Cascade is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLiliaceae s.l.; var. caudatum (A. Heller) C.L. Hitchc.; Veratrum caudatum A. Heller
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