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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 (

TaxonOxytheca dendroidea subsp. dendroidea
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)oxytheca; puncturebract; puncture-bract; puncture bract
Species common name(s)treelike oxytheca; tree-like oxytheca; treelike puncturebract; tree-like puncturebract; tall oxytheca; narrow-leaf oxytheca; narrow leaf oxytheca; narrowleaf oxytheca; Nuttall's oxytheca; treeline puncturebract; tree-lined oxytheca
NotesNuttall is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Nuttalls, Nuttal, Nuttals, Nuttal's, Nuttals' are errors
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