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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 truncata
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)truncate saltbush; truncate orache; wedge orach; wedge orache; wedgescale orach; wedgescale orache; wedge-scale saltbush; wedgescale saltbush; wedgescale saltweed; wedge-leaved orach; wedge-leaved orache; wedge-leaved saltbush; wedge-leaf orache; wedge leaf orache; wedgeleaf orache; scrub saltbush; Utah saltbush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasaltbush, salt-bush, salt bush, saltweed, salt-weed, salt weed, goose-weed, goose-weeds, sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, wedgescale, wedge-scale, wedge scale are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae; var. stricta A. Gray; Obione truncata Torr. ex S. Watson; Atriplex subdecumbens M.E. Jones
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