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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 (

TaxonCycloloma atriplicifolium
Family common name(s)chenopod; chenopode; goosefoot; pigweed; pigweeds
Genus common name(s)cycloloma; winged-pigweed; winged pigweed; ringwing
Species common name(s)winged-pigweed; winged pigweed; tumbling ringwing; tumble ringwing; tumble ringweed; plains tumbleweed; sand-hill tumbleweed; sand-hill tumble-weed; sand hill tumble-weed; purple tumbleweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapigweed, pig-weed, pig weed are applied to multiple Chenopodiaceae taxa; tumbleweed, tumble-weed, tumble weed, tumbling-weed, tumbling weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae; Salsola atriplicifolia Spreng.
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