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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 (

TaxonLepidium perfoliatum
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)lepidium
Species common name(s)perfoliate pepperwort; perfoliate peppergrass; perfoliate pepper-grass; perfoliate pepper grass; perfoliate pepperweed; clasping pepperwort; clasping peppergrass; clasping pepper-grass; clasping pepper grass; clasping pepperweed; clasping pepper-weed; clasping-leaved peppergrass; clasping leaved peppergrass; clasping-leaved pepper-grass; clasping-leaved pepper grass; clasping leaved pepper grass; clasping-leaf peppergrass; clasping leaf peppergrass; clasping-leaf pepper-grass; clasping-leaf pepperweed; clasping-leaf pepperweed; clasping leaf pepperweed; claspingleaf peppergrass; claspingleaf pepperweed; round-leaved pepper-grass; round-leaved pepper grass; round-leaved peppergrass round-leaf peppergrass; round-leaf pepper-grass; round-leaf pepper grass; shield peppergrass; shield cress; Klamath pepper-grass; Klamath pepper grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxayellow pepperweed is more commonly applied to Lepidium flavum; spotted pepper-grass, spotted pepper grass, spotted peppergrass are applied to multiple Lepidium taxa; peppercress, pepper-cress, pepper cress, pepper-weed, pepperweed, pepper weed are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; whitetop, white-top, white top, whiteweed, white-weed, white weed, pepperwort, pepper-plant, pepperplant, pepper plant, pepper-grass, peppergrass, pepper grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesKlamath is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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