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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 (

TaxonPseudostellaria sierrae
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)pseudostellaria; sticky starwort; sticky-starwort
Species common name(s)Sierra starwort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafalse-starwort, starwort, star-wort, star wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
Noteswhen Sierra is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
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