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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 (

TaxonIvesia gordonii var. alpicola
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)ivesia
Species common name(s)Gordon's ivesia; Gordon ivesia; alpine ivesia; alpine mousetail
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamousetail, mouse-tail, mouse tail, mousetails are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesGordon is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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