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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 (

TaxonLeptosiphon harknessii
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)leptosiphon
Species common name(s)Harkness's leptosiphon; Harkness's linanthus; Harkness's flaxflower; Harkness's flax-flower; Harkness's flax flower; Harkness's gilia; Harkness' leptosiphon; Harkness' linanthus; Harkness' flaxflower; Harkness' flax-flower; Harkness' flax flower; Harkness' gilia; Harkness leptosiphon; Harkness linanthus; Harkness flaxflower; Harkness flax-flower; Harkness flax flower; Harkness gilia; three-seed linanthus; three seed linanthus; threeseed linanthus; three-seed desert-trumpets; three seed desert trumpets
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsPlaskett Meadows linanthus [Linanthus harknessii subsp. condensatus]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert trumpet, desert-trumpet, desert trumpets, desert-trumpets, deserttrumpets are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesHarkness is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Jepsons is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLinanthus harknessii (Curran) Greene
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