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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 chalepense
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)lepidium
Species common name(s)lens-podded hoary-cress; lens-podded hoary cress; lens-podded hoarycress; lens podded hoary cress; lens-podded whitetop; lens-podded white-top; lenspodded whitetop; lens-podded hairy cress; lenspodded hairy cress; lens-pod hoary-cress; lens-pod hoary cress; lens-pod whitetop; lenspod hoary cress; lenspod whitetop; lens pepperweed; orbicular whitetop; Chalapa hoary-cress; Chalapa hoary cress; Chalapa hoarycress
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahoary-cress, hoarycress, hoary cress, perennial peppergrass, perennial pepper-grass are applied to multiple Lepidium taxa; peppercress, pepper-cress, pepper cress, pepper-weed, pepperweed, pepper weed, hoary bitter-cress, hoary bittercress, hoary bitter cress, hairy cress are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; whitetop, white-top, white top, whiteweed, white-weed, white weed, pepperwort, pepper-plant, pepperplant, pepper plant, pepper-grass, peppergrass, pepper grass, devil's cabbage are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCardaria chalepensis (L.) Hand.-Mazz.; Cardaria draba (L.) Desv. subsp. chalepensis (L.) O.E. Schulz; Lepidium draba L. subsp. chalepense (L.) Thell.
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