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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 (

TaxonBoechera puberula
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)boechera
Species common name(s)puberulent rock-cress; puberulent rock cress; puberulent rockcress; Blue Mountain rock-cress; Blue Mountain rock cress; Blue Mountain rockcress; Blue Mtn rock cress; shorthair rockcress
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahoary rock-cress, hoary rockcress, hoary rock cress are applied to multiple Arabis taxa; silver rock-cress, silver rockcress, silver rock cress, wall-cress, wallcress, wall cress are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; rock-cress, rockcress, rock cress are applied to Arabis s.l.
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcArabis puberula Nutt.
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