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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 (

TaxonAtriplex gardneri var. falcata
Family common name(s)chenopod; chenopode; goosefoot; pigweed; pigweeds
Genus common name(s)atriplex; orach; orache; salt-sage; salt sage; saltsage; salty sage
Species common name(s)Gardner's saltbush; Gardner's salt bush; Gardner's mat saltbush; Gardner's moundscale; Gardner saltbush; Gardner salt bush; Gardner's mat saltbush; Gardner moundscale; little-leaf atriplex
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxashadscale, shad-scale, shad scale, shadescale, Nuttall's saltbush, Nuttall saltbush, moundscale, moundscale saltbush are applied to multiple Atriplex taxa; saltbush, salt-bush, salt bush, goose-weed, goose-weeds, salt-sage, salt sage, sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesJones, Gardner are proper names, so upper case preferable; Jone's, Gardners are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae; Atriplex nuttallii S. Watson var. falcata M.E. Jones; Atriplex falcata (M.E. Jones) Standl.
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