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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 suffrutescens
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)boechera
Species common name(s)woody-stemmed rock-cress; woody-stemmed rock cress; woody-stemmed rockcress; woody stemmed rock cress; woody rock-cress; woody rock cress; woody rockcress; suffrutescent rock-cress; suffrutescent rock cress; suffrutescent rockcress
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapurple rock-cress, purple rockcress, purple rock cress are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; 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 suffrutescens S. Watson
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