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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 (

TaxonPotamogeton crispus
Family common name(s)potamogeton; pondweed
Genus common name(s)potamogeton
Species common name(s)crisped pond-weed; crisped pond weed; crisped pondweed; crisp pond-weed; crisp pond weed; crisp pondweed; crisp-leaved pond-weed; crisp-leaved pond weed; crisp-leaved pondweed; crisp leaved pondweed; crisp-leafed pond-weed; crisp-leafed pondweed; crispate-leaved pond-weed; crispate-leaved pondweed; crispate leaved pondweed; crispate-leafed pond-weed; crispate-leafed pondweed; crispate-leaf pond-weed; crispate-leaf pondweed; curled pond-weed; curled pond weed; curled pondweed; curled-leaved pond-weed; curled-leaved pond weed; curled-leaved pondweed; curled-leafed pond-weed; curled-leafed pondweed; curled-leaf pond-weed; curled-leaf pondweed; curled leaf pondweed; curly-leaved pond-weed; curly-leaved pond weed; curly leaved pond weed; curly-leaved pondweed; curly leaved pondweed; curly-leafed pond-weed; curly-leafed pond weed; curly leafed pond weed; curly-leafed pondweed; curly leafed pondweed; curly-leaf pond-weed; curly-leaf pond weed; curly leaf pond weed; curlyleaf pond weed; curly-leaf pondweed; curly leaf pondweed; curlyleaf pondweed; curly pond-weed; curly pond weed; curly pondweed; curly muck-weed; curly muck-weed; curly muckweed; crimped-leafed pond-weed; crimped-leafed pondweed; crimped-leaf pond-weed; crimped-leaf pondweed; crimped pond-weed; crimped pondweed; ruffle-leaf pond-weed; ruffle-leaf pondweed; cut-leaved pondweed; cut leaved pondweed; beginner's pond-weed; beginner's pondweed; Lake Pupuke weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapondweed, pond-weed, pond weed, pondweeds, fishweed, muckweed, muck-weed, muck weed, water caltrop, curly cabbage, river weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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