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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 (

TaxonAtriplex argentea var. hillmanii
Family common name(s)chenopod; chenopode; goosefoot; pigweed; pigweeds
Genus common name(s)atriplex; orach; orache; salt-sage; salt sage; saltsage; salty sage
Species common name(s)silvery atriplex; silvery orach; silvery orache; silver orach; silver orache; silver saltbush; silvery saltbush; silverscale saltbush; silver-scale saltbush; silver scale saltbush; silver-scale; silverscale; silverscale saltweed; silver spearscale; silver saltweed; argentea saltbush; tumbling salt-sage; fogweed; fog-weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaspear-scale, spearscale, spear scale, tumbling saltbush are applied to multiple Atriplex taxa; goose-weed, goose-weeds, tumbleweed, tumble-weed, tumble weed, tumbling-weed, tumbling weed, saltbush, salt-bush, salt bush, saltweed, salt-weed, salt weed, sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, fog weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesHillman is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae; Atriplex hillmanii (M.E. Jones) Standl.
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