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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 parryi var. parryi
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)chorizanthe
Species common name(s)Parry's chorizanthe; Parry's spineflower; Parry's spine-flower; Parry's spine flower; Parry chorizanthe; Parry spineflower; Parry spine-flower; Parry spine flower
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSan Bernardino is most appropriately applied to the typical var.; Orcutt's spine-flower is more commonly applied to Chorizanthe orcuttiana; spineflower, spine-flower, spine flower are applied to multiple Polygonaceae taxa
NotesParry is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Parrys is an error
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