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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 (

TaxonChorizanthe rigida
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)chorizanthe
Species common name(s)rigid chorizanthe; rigid spineflower; rigid spine-flower; rigid spine flower; rigid spiny-herb; rigid spiny herb; rigid spinyherb; rigid Turk's rug; devil's spineflower; devil's spine-flower; devil's spine flower; devil's Turk's rug; desert spiny-herb; desert spiny herb; rosy-thorn
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaspiny chorizanthe, Turkish rugging, Turkish-rugging, spiny-herb, spiny herb, spinyherb, spineflower, spine-flower, spine flower are applied to multiple Polygonaceae taxa; Turkshead, Turks rug, Turk's rug are applied to taxa in multiple families
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