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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 viridis
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)tropical green amaranth; green antelope-horn; green antelope horn; green antelopehorn; slender amaranthus; duck's spinach
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagreen amaranth, green amaranthus, green pigweed, green pig-weed, green leaf amaranth, leaf amaranth, slender amaranth, African spinach, Chinese spinach, Indian kale, Prince-of-Wales feather, Prince-of-Wales' feather, Prince-of-Wales'-feather, Prince of Wales feather, love-lies-bleeding, love lies bleeding, love-lies-bleeding amaranthus, love lies bleeding amaranthus, love-lies-bleeding amaranth, love lies bleeding amaranth, loves-lie-bleeding are applied to multiple Amaranthus taxa; pigweed, pig-weed, pig weed, slender pigweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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