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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 (

TaxonLepidium campestre
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)lepidium
Species common name(s)cream-anther field pepperwort; field pepperwort; field pepperweed; field pepper-weed; field pepper weed; English pepper-grass; English pepper grass; English peppergrass; English pepperweed; mithridate pepperwort; mithridate pepper-wort; mithridate pepper wort; common mithridate pepperwort; common mithridate pepper-wort; common mithridate pepper wort; Glenn-weed; Glenn weed; Glenn-pepper; Glenn pepper; Glen pepper; Glen weed; glen pepper; glen-pepper; glen weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacrow-cress, crow cress, field pepper-grass, field pepper grass, field peppergrass, poorman's-pepperwort, poorman pepperweed, poorman's pepper, poor-man's-pepper, poor-man's pepper, poor man's pepper are applied to multiple Lepidium taxa; peppercress, pepper-cress, pepper cress, pepper-weed, pepperweed, pepper weed, mithridate mustard, crowd-weed, crowd weed, crowdweed, field cress, bastard cress are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; false flax, false-flax, falseflax, whitetop, white-top, white top, whiteweed, white-weed, white weed, pepperwort, common pepperwort, pepper-plant, pepperplant, pepper plant, pepper-grass, peppergrass, pepper grass, cow-cress, cow cress, cow-grass, cow grass, cowgrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesEnglish is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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