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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 (

TaxonArabis pycnocarpa var. pycnocarpa
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)arabis; rock-cress; rockcress; rock cress
Species common name(s)cream-flowered rock-cress; cream-flowered rockcress; cream-flower rock-cress; cream-flower rockcress; creamflower rockcress; hairy-fruit rock-cress
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahairy rock-cress, hairy rockcress, hairy rock cress, wall-cress, wallcress, wall cress are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcArabis hirsuta (L.) Scop. var. pycnocarpa (M. Hopk.) Rollins
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