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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 (

TaxonRibes amarum
Family common name(s)gooseberry; currant
Genus common name(s)ribes; currant; currants; currant-bush; wild currant; wild currants; current; gooseberry; goose-berry; goose berry; gooseberries; wild gooseberry; goose-currant; goose currant; goosecurrant
Species common name(s)bitter gooseberry; bitter goose-berry; bitter goose berry; purple-flower gooseberry; purpleflower gooseberry
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsHoffmann's bitter gooseberry [var. hoffmannii]; Hoffmann bitter gooseberry [var. hoffmannii]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawild gooseberry, gooseberry are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesHoffmann is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Hoffmanns, Hoffman, Hoffmans, Hoffman's are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. hoffmannii Munz; Grossularia amara (McClatchie) Coville & Britton
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