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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 (paintere@west.net).





TaxonEriogonum deserticola
groupEudicots
FamilyPolygonaceae
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)eriogonum; woolly knees; woolly knotweed; woolly knot weed; North American wild buckwheat; North American wild-buckwheat; American wild-buckwheat; American wild buckwheat; American buckwheat
Species common name(s)Colorado Desert wild-buckwheat; Colorado Desert wild buckwheat; Colorado Desert buckwheat; Imperial buckwheat
 
 
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert buckwheat, desert eriogonum, dune buckwheat, dunes buckwheat are applied to multiple Eriogonum taxa; buckwheat, buck-wheat, buck wheat, wild buckwheat, wild-buckwheat are applied to multiple Polygonaceae taxa; flat-top, flat top, umbrella-plant, umbrella plant, umbrellaplant are applied to taxa in multiple families
 
NotesColorado Desert is a proper name, so upper case preferable
 
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