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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 lacustre
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)black swamp currant; swamp black currant; swamp black current; spiny swamp currant; black swamp gooseberry; swamp black gooseberry; swamp black gooseberry; spiny swamp gooseberry; swamp goose currant; swamp goose-currant; swamp goose current; marsh currant; lake gooseberry; lowland gooseberry; prickly black currant; prickly blackcurrant; black prickly currant; prickly black gooseberry; bristly black currant; bristly black current; black bristly currant; bristly black gooseberry
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaswamp currant, swamp gooseberry, swamp-gooseberry, swamp gooseberries, prickly currant, bristly currant, black gooseberry, black currant, black current, blackcurrant, wild black currant are applied to multiple Ribes taxa; wild gooseberry, gooseberry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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