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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 (

TaxonDudleya cymosa subsp. pumila
Family common name(s)stonecrop; stone-crop; stonecrops; live-forever; live forever; liveforever; hen-and-chickens; hen and chickens; orpine; houseleek; houseleeks
Genus common name(s)dudleya; live-forever; live forever; liveforever
Species common name(s)canyon dudleya; canyon live-forever; canyon live forever; canyon live-for-ever; canyon liveforever; canyon rock-lettuce; canyon rock lettuce; California live-forever; spreading dudleya; cymose dudleya
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon dudleya, rock live-forever, rock live forever, rock liveforever, rock lettuce are applied to multiple Dudleya taxa; live-for-ever, live for ever, hens-and-chickens, hens and chickens are applied to multiple Crassulaceae taxa; rock lettuce, rock-lettuce, rock moss, rock-moss are applied to taxa in multiple families
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