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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 (

TaxonCallitriche stagnalis
Family common name(s)plantain; plantains
Genus common name(s)water-starwort; water starwort; waterstarwort; water-star-wort; water star-wort
Species common name(s)pond water-starwort; pond water starwort; pond waterstarwort; quiet water-starwort; quiet water starwort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon water-starwort, common waterstarwort, common water star-wort, floating water-starwort, floating water starwort are applied to multiple Callitriche taxa; water-star, water star, star-grass, star grass, stargrass, water-chickweed, water chickweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCallitrichaceae
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