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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 (

TaxonProsartes smithii
Family common name(s)lily; lilywort; lilyworts
Genus common name(s)prosartes
Species common name(s)Smith's fairy-bells; Smith's fairy bells; Smith's fairybells; Smith's fairy-lantern; Smith's fairy lantern; Smith fairy-bells; Smith fairy bells; Smith fairybells; Smith fairy-lantern; Smith fairy lantern; large-flowered fairy-bells; large-flowered fairy bells; large-flowered fairybells; large-flowered fairy-bell; large-flowered fairy bell; large-flowered fairybell; large-flowered fairy lanterns; large-flower fairy-bells; large-flower fairy bells; large-flower fairybells; large flower fairybells; largeflower fairybells; large-flower fairy-bell; large-flower fairy bell; large flower fairy bell; coast fairy-bells; coast fairy bells; coast fairybells
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafairy bells, fairybells, fairy-bells, fairy bell, fairybell, fairy-bell, fairy lantern, fairy-lantern, fairy lanterns, fairy-lanterns, white fairy bells are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesSmith is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Smiths is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcColchicaceae; Disporum smithii (Hook.) Piper
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