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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 natans
Family common name(s)potamogeton; pondweed
Genus common name(s)potamogeton
Species common name(s)floating-leaved pond-weed; floating-leaved pond weed; floating leaved pond weed; floating-leaved pondweed; floating leaved pondweed; common floating pond-weed; common floating pond weed; common floating pondweed; floating brownleaf; floating brown leaf; broad pondweed; swimmer's pondweed; nodding pondweed; fish-leaves; fish leaves; flatter-dock; flatter dock; tench-weed; tench weed; tenchweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafloating-leafed pondweed, floating-leafed pondweed, floating-leaf pondweed, floating leaf pondweed, floatingleaf pondweed, floating pondweed are applied to multiple Potamogeton taxa; broad-leaved pondweed, broad leaved pondweed, broad-leaved pond-weed, broad-leaved pond weed, broad-leaf pondweed, broad leaf pondweed, broadleaf pondweed, little pondweed, bass-weed, bass weed, bassweed, muskie-weed, muskie weed, musky weed are applied to multiple Potamogetonaceae taxa; flatter-dock, flatter dock, deil's-spoons, deil's spoons, devil's spoons, devil's spoon, oval-leaf pondweed, oval-leaf-pondweed, oval leaf pondweed, ovalleaf pondweed, common pondweed, pondweed, pond-weed, pond weed, pondweeds, fishweed, batter-dock, batter dock are applied to taxa in multiple families
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