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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 (paintere@west.net).





TaxonEriogonum ovalifolium var. depressum
groupEudicots
FamilyPolygonaceae
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)oval-leaved eriogonum; oval leaved eriogonum; oval-leaved buckwheat; oval leaved buckwheat; oval-leafed eriogonum; oval leafed eriogonum; oval-leafed buckwheat; oval leafed buckwheat; oval-leaf eriogonum; ovalleaf eriogonum; oval-leaf buckwheat; oval leaf buckwheat; ovalleaf buckwheat; cushion wild-buckwheat; cushion wild buckwheat; cushion buckwheat
 
 
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadwarf buckwheat, silver buckwheat, round-leaved buckwheat 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, silverplant, silver-plant, silver plant, umbrella-plant, umbrella plant, umbrellaplant are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian tobacco, Indian-tobacco
 
 
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