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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 (

TaxonAtriplex lentiformis
Family common name(s)chenopod; chenopode; goosefoot; pigweed; pigweeds
Genus common name(s)atriplex; orach; orache; salt-sage; salt sage; saltsage; salty sage
Species common name(s)big saltbush; lens-fruited saltbush; lens-scale saltbush; lens-scale; lensscale; lens scale; quail brush lens scale; quail-brush; quailbush; quail bush; quail-brush; quailbrush; quail brush; tree atriplex
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsBrewer's saltbush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer's salt bush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer's saltbrush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer's quailbush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer's quail-bush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer's quail bush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer's lenscale [subsp. breweri]; Brewer saltbush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer salt bush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer saltbrush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer quailbush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer quail-bush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer quail bush [subsp. breweri]; Brewer lenscale [subsp. breweri]; coastal quail bush [subsp. breweri]; coastal quail brush [subsp. breweri]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacoast saltbush is applied to multiple Atriplex taxa; salybush is applied to multiple Chenopodiaceae taxa; saltbush, salt-bush, salt bush, goose-weed, goose-weeds, sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, white-thistle, whitethistle, white thistle are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesBrewer is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Brewers is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae; subsp. breweri (S. Watson) H.M. Hall & Clem.; Obione lentiformis Torr.
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