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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 polycarpa
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)many-fruited saltbush; many fruited saltbush; many-fruit saltbush; many fruit saltbush; cattle-spinach saltbush; cattle spinach salt bush; cattle-spinach; cattle spinach; cattle saltbush; cow spinach; allscale saltbush; all-scale saltbush; allscale saltbrush; allscale; all-scale; all scale; alkali saltbush; little-leaf saltbush; little leaf saltbush; littleleaf saltbush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert saltbush, chamiso cenizo, common saltbush 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 curvidens Brandegee; Obione polycarpa Torr.
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