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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 (

TaxonDraba breweri
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)draba; whitlow-grass; whitlow grass; whitlowgrass; whitlow-cress; whitlow cress; whitlowcress
Species common name(s)Brewer's draba; Brewer's whitlow-grass; Brewer's whitlow grass; Brewer draba; Brewer whitlow-grass; Brewer whitlow grass; cushion draba; cushion whitlow-grass; cushion whitlow grass; cushion whitlowgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxanailwort, nail-wort, whitlow-wort, whitlow wort, whitlowwort 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, etcvar. breweri; var. sublaxa Jeps.
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