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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 (

TaxonAmaranthus blitoides
Family common name(s)amaranth; amaranths; pigweed; pig weed
Genus common name(s)amaranthus; amaranth; amarant; careless weed; careless-weed; carelessweed; water-hemp; water hemp; waterhemp; flower-gentle; flower gentle
Species common name(s)procumbent amaranth; procumbent pigweed; mat amaranth; matweed amaranth; creeping amaranth; creeping pigweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaprostrate amaranth, prostrate pigweed, spreading pigweed, spreading amaranth are applied to multiple Amaranthus taxa; blite, pigweed, pig-weed, pig weed, pigweed purslane, purslane, tumbleweed, tumble-weed, tumble weed, tumbling-weed, tumbling weed, matweed, mat-weed, mat weed are applied to taxa in multiple families; Watson's amaranth is more commonly applied to Amaranthus watsonii
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