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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 (

TaxonToxicoscordion venenosum var. venenosum
Family common name(s)false hellebore; bunchflower
Genus common name(s)toxicoscordion
Species common name(s)deadly zigadenus; deadly zygadenus; deadly zigadene; deadly zygadene; meadow death-camas; meadow death camas; meadow deathcamas; meadow death camas lily; meadow poison-camus; meadow poison camus; common death-camas; common death camas; common death camas lily; Watson's death-camas; Watson's death camas
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapoison sego, poison sego-lily, poison sego lily are applied to multiple Toxicoscordion taxa; death-camas, death camas, deathcamas, death-camass, death camass, death camas lily, poison-camas, poison camas, poisoncamas, poison-sego, poison sego, poisonsego, poison sego lily, poison-soaproot, poison soaproot, poisonsoaproot are applied to Zigadenus s.l.; star-lily, starlily, star lily, star-lilies, star lilies, camas, soap-plant, soap plant, soapplant, meadow camas are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesWatson is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Watsons is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLiliaceae s.l.; Zigadenus venenosus S. Watson var. venenosus
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