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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 (

TaxonChorizanthe howellii
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)chorizanthe
Species common name(s)Howell's chorizanthe; Howell's spineflower; Howell's spine-flower; Howell chorizanthe; Howell spineflower; Howell spine-flower; Mendocino spineflower
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaspineflower, spine-flower, spine flower are applied to multiple Polygonaceae taxa
NotesHowell is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Howells is an error
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