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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 (

TaxonEriogonum inflatum
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)eriogonum; woolly knees; woolly knotweed; woolly knot weed; North American wild buckwheat; North American wild-buckwheat; American wild-buckwheat; American wild buckwheat; American buckwheat
Species common name(s)inflated-stem buckwheat; inflated-stem desert-trumpet; inflated-stem desert trumpet; inflated buckwheat; inflated desert-trumpet; inflated desert trumpet; desert-trumpet buckwheat; desert trumpet buckwheat; trumpet buckwheat; bottlestopper wild-buckwheat; bottlestopper wild buckwheat; bottlestopper buckwheat; bottle-stopper; bottle stopper; bottlestopper; bladder stem; bladderstem; Native American buckwheat; American pipeweed; guinagua
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsdeflated desert trumpet [var. deflatum]; Mexican desert trumpet [var. deflatum]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaNative American pipeweed is applied to multiple Eriogonum taxa; buckwheat, buck-wheat, buck wheat, wild buckwheat, wild-buckwheat are applied to multiple Polygonaceae taxa; flat-top, flat top, desert trumpet, desert-trumpet, desert trumpets, desert-trumpets, deserttrumpets, umbrella-plant, umbrella plant, umbrellaplant, bottlebrush, bottle-brush, bottle brush, cigarette plant are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian pipeweed, Indian-pipeweed, Indian pipe-weed, Indian pipe weed, Indian tobacco, Indian-tobacco
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. deflatum I.M. Johnst; var. inflatum
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