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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 (

TaxonWolffia globosa
Family common name(s)arum; arums; aroid; philodendron; calla
Genus common name(s)wolffia
Species common name(s)globose wolffia; globe water-meal; Asian watermeal; Asian water-meal;
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawater-meal, watermeal, water meal, ducksmeat, giant duckweed, larger duckweed, large duckweed, greater duckweed, greater-duckweed, great duckweed, water-flaxseed are applied to multiple Araceae taxa; duckweed, duck-weed, duck weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLemnaceae
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