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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 appelianum
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)lepidium
Species common name(s)long-stalk hoary-cress; long-stalk hairy whitetop; longstalk hairy whitetop; longstalk whitetop; globe-podded hoary-cress; globe-podded hoary cress; globe-pod hoary-cress; globe-pod hoary cress; globe-pod hoarycress; globepod hoarycress; globepod hoary cress; hairy whitetop; hairy white-top; hairy white top; hairy hoary-cress; hairy hoarycress; hairy hoary cress; ball cress
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahoary-cress, hoarycress, hoary cress, globe-podded hoary cress, globe-podded hoarycress, globepodded hoarycress are applied to multiple Lepidium taxa; peppercress, pepper-cress, pepper cress, pepper-weed, pepperweed, pepper weed are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; whitetop, white-top, white top, pepperwort, pepper-plant, pepperplant, pepper plant. pepper-grass, peppergrass, pepper grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCardaria pubescens (C.A. Mey.) Jarm., including var. elongata Rollins; Hymenophysa pubescens C.A. Mey.
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