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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 (

TaxonPerideridia lemmonii
Family common name(s)umbel; umbelwort; umbelworts; carrot; parsley; biscuitroot
Genus common name(s)perideridia; yampah; yampa; eppaw; eppah; epa; epo; ipo; apau
Species common name(s)Lemmon's yampah; Lemmon's yampa; Lemmon's false-caraway; Lemmon's false caraway; Lemmon's falsecaraway; Lemmon yampah; Lemmon yampa; Lemmon false-caraway; Lemmon false caraway; Lemmon falsecaraway
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafalse-caraway, false caraway, wild-caraway, wild caraway are applied to multiple Apiaceae taxa
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (possibly pejorative or derogatory): squawroot, squaw-root, squaw root, squaw potato, squaw-potato
NotesLemmon is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Lemmons, Lemons, Lemon's, Lemon, lemon, lemon's are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCarum lemmonii J.M. Coult. & Rose
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