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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 (

TaxonCakile maritima
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)sea-rocket; searocket; sea rocket; beach rocket
Species common name(s)maritime sea-rocket; European sea-rocket; European sea rocket; European searocket; common sea rocket; two-horned sea-rocket; two-horned sea rocket; two horned sea-rocket; horned sea-rocket; horned searocket; horned sea rocket
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasea-kale, sea kale are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesEuropean is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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