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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 cruentus
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)caterpillar amaranth; hot biscuits amaranth; Mexican grain amaranth; Sudan-spinach; Sudan spinach
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxared amaranth, purple amaranth, purple amaranthus, purplish amaranth, bloody amaranth, bloody amaranth, blood amaranth, tassel amaranth, Hopi red dye amaranth, opopeo amaranth, bush greens, achita, African spinach, African-spinach are applied to multiple Amaranthaceae taxa; pince's feather, prince's-feather, princess feather, princess-feather, redshank, red-shank, red shank, pigweed, pig-weed, pig weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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