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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 (

TaxonRumex crispus
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)rumex; dock
Species common name(s)crisped dock; crisp dock; common curled dock; curled dock; curly dock; curley dock; curl dock; curled-leaved dock; curled leaved dock; curly-leaved dock; curly leaved dock; curley-leaved dock; curl-leaved dock; curl leaved dock; curled-leafed dock; curled leafed dock; curly-leafed dock; curly leafed dock; curly-leafed dock sorrel; curly leafed dock sorrel; curl-leafed dock; curled-leaf dock; curled leaf dock; curly-leaf dock; curlyleaf dock; curley-leaf dock; curl-leaf dock; sharp-pointed dock; sharp pointed dock; sharp-point dock; yaller dock; yellowed tail; narrow dock; narrowdock; winter dock; out-sting
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxayellow dock, sour dock, sourdock, bitter dock, narrow-leaved dock, narrow-leafed dock, narrow-leaf dock, narrowleaf dock, western dock, garden patience, garden-patience are applied to multiple Rumex taxa; sorrel, coffeeweed, coffee weed, coffee-weed, wild rhubarb, wild-rhubarb, redweed, red-weed, red weed, bloodwort, blood-wort, blood wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
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