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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 (

TaxonDescurainia sophia
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)tansy-mustard; tansy mustard; tansymustard
Species common name(s)Eurasian tansy-mustard; Eurasian tansy mustard; introduced tansy-mustard; introduced tansy mustard; flix-weed tansy-mustard; flix-weed tansy mustard; flixweed tansy-mustard; flixweed tansy mustard; flixweed tansymustard; flix-weed mustard; flixweed mustard; flixweed; flix-weed; flix weed; sophia tansy-mustard; sophia tansy mustard; sophia tansymustard; herb-Sophia; herb Sophia; herb-sophia; herb sophia; herbe-Sophia; herbe Sophia; flaxweed tansy-mustard; flaxweed tansy mustard; flaxweed tansymustard; fine-leaved tansy-mustard; fine-leaved tansy mustard; fine-leaf tansy-mustard; fine-leaf tansy mustard; fine-leaved hedge-mustard; fine-leaved hedge mustard; fine-leaf hedge-mustard; feather-leaf tansy-mustard; feather-leaf tansy mustard; bedground weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahedge-mustard, hedge mustard, hedgemustard are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; asperge is more commonly applied to Asparagus; flaxweed, flax-weed, flax weed, sagesse are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesEurasian is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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