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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 (

TaxonBoehmeria cylindrica
Family common name(s)nettle
Genus common name(s)false-nettle; false nettle; falsenettle
Species common name(s)small-spiked false-nettle; small-spiked false nettle; small-spike false-nettle; small-spike false nettle; small spike false nettle; smallspike false-nettle; smallspike false nettle; smallspike falsenettle; rough false nettle; false wood-nettle; false wood nettle; bog-hemp; bog hemp; button-hemp; button hemp
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcBoehmeria nivea (L.) Gaudich., misapplied
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