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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 (

TaxonBassia hyssopifolia
Family common name(s)chenopod; chenopode; goosefoot; pigweed; pigweeds
Genus common name(s)bassia
Species common name(s)hyssop-leaved bassia; hyssop-leaved echinopsilon; hyssop leaved echinopsilon; hyssop-leaf bassia; five-hooked bassia; five hooked bassia; five-hook bassia; five hook bassia; fivehook bassia; five-hook smotherweed; five-horn bassia; five-horn smotherweed; five-horn smother-weed; five horn smotherweed; fivehorn smotherweed; thorn orache
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasmotherweed, smother-weed, smother weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae; Echinopsilon hyssopifolium (Pall.) Moq.
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