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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 (

TaxonCalochortus argillosus
Family common name(s)lily; lilywort; lilyworts
Genus common name(s)calochortus; calochortus lily; mariposa; mariposa-lily; mariposa lily; mariposalily; mariposa lilies; mariposa-tulip; mariposa tulip; butterfly-lily; butterfly lily; butterfly-tulip; butterfly tulip; globe-lily; globe lily; globelily; globe-tulip; globe tulip; sago-lily; sago lily; sego-lily; sego lily; star-tulip; star tulip; startulip
Species common name(s)clay mariposa; clay mariposa-lily; clay mariposa lily; clay-loving mariposa-lily; clay-loving mariposa lily
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasuperb mariposa-tulip, superb mariposa tulip are more commonly applied to Calochortus superbus; fairy lantern, fairy-lantern, fairy lanterns, fairy-lanterns are applied to taxa in multiple families
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