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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 (

TaxonRibes cereum var. cereum
Family common name(s)gooseberry; currant
Genus common name(s)ribes; currant; currants; currant-bush; wild currant; wild currants; current; gooseberry; goose-berry; goose berry; gooseberries; wild gooseberry; goose-currant; goose currant; goosecurrant
Species common name(s)wax currant; wax current; white wax currant; waxy-leaved currant; white field currant; resinous currant; sheep currant; whisky currant; whiskey currant; whiskey current; intoxicating currant
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern red currant, wild red currant, red currant, edible currant are applied to multiple Ribes taxa; sticky currant is more commonly applied to Ribes viscosissimum; wild gooseberry, gooseberry are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (possibly pejorative or derogatory): squaw currant, squaw current, wax squaw currant, wax squaw current, squaw wax currant: white squaw currant, white squaw current
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