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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 (

TaxonElatine rubella
Family common name(s)waterwort; waterworts
Genus common name(s)elatine; waterwort; water-wort; water wort; yerba fango
Species common name(s)red elatine; red waterwort; southwestern waterwort; southwestern water-wort; southwestern water wort; south-western waterwort; south western waterwort; south-western water-wort; south-western water wort; south western water wort; three-flowered waterwort; three flowered waterwort; three-flowered water-wort; three-flowered water wort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamud-purslane, mud purslane, purslane are applied to taxa in multiple families
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