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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 (

TaxonChenopodium pratericola
Family common name(s)chenopod; chenopode; goosefoot; pigweed; pigweeds
Genus common name(s)chenopodium; chenopod; chenopody; goosefoot; goose-foot; goose foot
Species common name(s)meadow goosefoot; three-veined narrow-leaved goosefoot; Canadian narrow-leaved goosefoot; thick-leaf goosefoot
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesiccated goosefoot, narrowleaf goosefoot, narrow-leaf goosefoot, narrow-leaved goosefoot, narrow leaved goosefoot, narrowleaf lambsquarters, narrow-leaved lamb's quarters, slim-leaved goosefoot, slim-leaf goosefoot, slimleaf goosefoot, slimleaf lambsquarters, desert goosefoot, pale goosefoot, pale goose-foot, pale goose foot, pale lamb's-quarters, western goosefoot are applied to multiple Chenopodium taxa; lamb's-quarters, lamb's quarters, lambsquarters, lamb's-quarter, lambsquarter, lambs' quarter, sowbank are applied to multiple Chenopodiaceae taxa; pigweed, pig-weed, pig weed, blite, Mexican-tea, Mexican tea, Spanish-tea, Spanish tea are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCanadian is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae
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