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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 (

TaxonMarah watsonii
Family common name(s)cucurbit; cucumber; gourd; gourds; squash
Genus common name(s)marah; chilicothe
Species common name(s)taw man-root; taw man root; taw manroot; Watson's man-root; Watson's man root; Watson's manroot; Watson's bigroot; Watson's wild-cucumber; Watson's wild cucumber; Watson man-root; Watson man root; Watson manroot; Watson bigroot; Watson wild-cucumber; Watson wild cucumber
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaman-root, manroot, man root, old-man-in-the-ground, old man in the ground, man-in-the-ground, man in the ground, bigroot, big-root, big root, wild cucumber, wild-cucumber are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian squash
NotesWatson is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Watsons is an error
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