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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 hybridus
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)slim amaranth; slim pigweed; smooth amaranth; smooth amaranthus; hybrid amaranth; hybrid amaranthus; clustered amaranth; bastard-amaranth; bastard amaranth; bastard-amarant; bastard amarant; East African spinach
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagrain amaranth, spleen amaranth, rough amaranth, rough pigweed, rough pig-weed, rough pig weed, spreading pigweed, smooth pigweed, flower-gentle, floramor, floramour, balderherb, balder-herb, balder herb, green pigweed, green pig-weed, green amaranth, green amaranthus, purple amaranth, red amaranth, opopeo amaranth, blood amaranth, love-lies-bleeding amaranthus, love lies bleeding amaranthus, love-lies-bleeding amaranth, love lies bleeding amaranth, lovely bleeding, lovely-bleeding, African spinach, African-spinach are applied to multiple Amaranthus taxa; red cockscomb, red coxcomb, wild beet, tree amaranth, love-lies-bleeding, love lies bleeding are applied to multiple Amaranthaceae taxa; pigweed, pig-weed, pig weed, slender pigweed, redshank, red-shank, red shank, redleg, red-leg, red leg, pilewort, pile-wort, pile wort, prince's feather, prince's-feather are applied to taxa in multiple families
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