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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 (

TaxonExtriplex joaquinana
Family common name(s)chenopod; chenopode; goosefoot; pigweed; pigweeds
Genus common name(s)extriplex
Species common name(s)San Joaquin saltbush; San Joaquin spearscale; San Joaquin orach; San Joaquin orache; valley spearscale
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaspear-scale, spearscale, spear scale are applied to multiple Atriplex taxa; saltbush, salt-bush, salt bush, goose-weed, goose-weeds, sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae; Atriplex joaquiniana A. Nelson; Atriplex spicata S. Watson var. lagunita Jeps.; Atriplex patula L. subsp. spicata H.M. Hall & Clem.; Atriplex spicata S. Watson, illeg.
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