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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 sanguineum var. sanguineum
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)red-flowering currant; red flowering currant; red flowering current; red flowering-currant; redflowering currant; red-flowering winter currant; red flowering winter currant; red-flowered currant; red flowered currant; redflowered currant; red-flower currant; red flower currant; redflower currant; red winter currant; blood currant; sticky blood currant; blackseed blood currant
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaflowering currant, flowering-currant, winter currant, winter current, wild red currant, red currant are applied to multiple Ribes taxa; wild gooseberry, gooseberry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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