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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 (

TaxonChorizanthe fimbriata var. fimbriata
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)chorizanthe
Species common name(s)fimbriate chorizanthe; fringed chorizanthe; fringed spineflower; fringed spine-flower; fringed spine flower; fringed Turkish-rugging; fringed Turkish rugging
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaTurkish rugging, Turkish-rugging, Turkish rugging chorizanthe, spineflower, spine-flower, spine flower are applied to multiple Polygonaceae taxa
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