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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 paucifolius
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)rumex; dock
Species common name(s)few-leaved dock; few leaved dock; fewleaved dock; alpine sheep sorrel
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaalpine dock is applied to multiple Rumex taxa; sorrel, alpine sorrel, alpine-sorrel, mountain sorrel, mountain-sorrel, mountainsorrel are applied to taxa in multiple families
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