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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 (

TaxonEriogonum deflexum var. baratum
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)eriogonum; woolly knees; woolly knotweed; woolly knot weed; North American wild buckwheat; North American wild-buckwheat; American wild-buckwheat; American wild buckwheat; American buckwheat
Species common name(s)skeletonweed wild-buckwheat; skeletonweed wild buckwheat; skeleton-weed wild-buckwheat; skeleton-weed wild buckwheat; skeletonweed buckwheat; skeleton-weed buckwheat; flat-crowned eriogonum; flat-crowned buckwheat; flat-crown wild-buckwheat; flat-crown wild buckwheat; flat crown wild buckwheat; flatcrown wild buckwheat; flat-crown buckwheat; flatcrown buckwheat; flat-topped skeleton-weed; flat-topped skeleton weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaflat-topped wild buckwheat, flat-topped wild-buckwheat, flat-topped buckwheat, flat topped buckwheat, flat-top wild buckwheat, flat top wild buckwheat, flattop wild buckwheat, flat-top buckwheat, flattop buckwheat, flat-crown eriogonum are applied to multiple Eriogonum taxa; buckwheat, buck-wheat, buck wheat, wild buckwheat, wild-buckwheat are applied to multiple Polygonaceae taxa; flat-top, flat top, skeleton-weed, skeletonweed, skeleton weed, umbrella-plant, umbrella plant, umbrellaplant are applied to taxa in multiple families
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