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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 (

TaxonBrassica tournefortii
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)brassica; brassica mustard; turnip; cabbage
Species common name(s)Tournefort's mustard; Tournefort's birdrape; Tournefort mustard; Tournefort birdrape; Mediterranean turnip; Saharan mustard; Sahara mustard; Moroccan mustard; long-fruited wild turnip; long fruited wild turnip; long-fruited turnip; prickly turnip; desert disaster
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaAsian mustard, wild turnip rape, wild turnip-rape, turnip rape, turnip-rape are applied to multiple Brassica taxa; weedy mustard, mustard-weed, mustard weed, turnip weed, turnip-weed, turnipweed, wild turnip, wild-turnip, wild radish, wild-radish, wild raddish, Mediterranean mustard, African mustard, desert mustard are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa
NotesTournefort is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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