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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 (

TaxonElatine chilensis
Family common name(s)waterwort; waterworts
Genus common name(s)elatine; waterwort; water-wort; water wort; yerba fango
Species common name(s)Chilean waterwort; Chile waterwort"; Chile water-wort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamud-purslane, mud purslane, purslane are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesChile, Chilean are proper names, so upper case preferable
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