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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 (

TaxonLewisia kelloggii subsp. kelloggii
Family common name(s)montia
Genus common name(s)lewisia; lewisie
Species common name(s)Kellogg's lewisia; Kellogg's bitter-root; Kellogg's bitter root; Kellogg's bitterroot; Kellogg lewisia; Kellogg bitter-root; Kellogg bitter root; Kellogg bitterroot
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaIdaho bitterroot is applied to multiple Lewisia taxa; bitter-root, bitterroot, bitter root are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesKellogg is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Kelloggs, Kellog, Kellog's are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPortulacaceae
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