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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 semibaccata
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)Australian saltbush; creeping Australian saltbush; Australian creeping saltbush; introduced Australian Saltbush; Australian saltbrush; Australian saltweed; Australian salt weed; scrambling berry saltbush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaberry saltbush, creeping saltbush, Australian goosefoot, Australian orach are applied to multiple Chenopodiaceae taxa; goose-weed, goose-weeds, saltbush, salt-bush, salt bush, saltweed, salt-weed, salt weed, sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae; Atriplex flagellaris Wooton & Standl.
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