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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 indecorum
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)white-flowering currant; white-flowering current; white flowering currant; white flowering current; white flowering-currant; white chaparral currant; white chaparral current; white winter currant
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaflowering currant, flowering-currant, winter currant, white-flowered currant, white-flowered current, white flowered currant, white-flower currant, white-flower current, white flower currant, white flower current, whiteflower currant, chaparral currant, chaparral current, winter current are applied to multiple Ribes taxa; wild gooseberry, gooseberry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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