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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 xanti var. xanti
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)chorizanthe
Species common name(s)Xantus's chorizanthe; Xantus's spineflower; Xantus's spine-flower; Xantus's spiny-herb; Xantus' chorizanthe; Xantus' spineflower; Xantus' spine-flower; Xantus' spiny-herb; Xantus chorizanthe; Xantus spineflower; Xantus spine-flower; Xantus spiny-herb; pinyon spineflower; Turk's rugging
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaRiverside spineflower is more appropriately applied to var. leucotheca than to Chorizanthe xanti as a whole or the typical var.; spiny-herb, spiny herb, spinyherb, Turkish rugging, Turkish-rugging, spineflower, spine-flower, spine flower are applied to multiple Polygonaceae taxa
NotesXantus is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Xantu's is an error
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