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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 (

TaxonDraba californica
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)draba; whitlow-grass; whitlow grass; whitlowgrass; whitlow-cress; whitlow cress; whitlowcress
Species common name(s)California draba; California whitlow-grass; California whitlow grass; California whitlowgrass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaWhite Mountain draba is applied to multiple Draba taxa; nailwort, nail-wort, whitlow-wort, whitlow wort, whitlowwort are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcDraba cuneifolia Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray var. californica Jeps.
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