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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 vimineum
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)wicker-stemmed eriogonum; wicker stemmed eriogonum; wicker-stemmed buckwheat; wicker-stem wild-buckwheat; wicker-stem wild buckwheat; wicker stem wild buckwheat; wickerstem wild buckwheat; wickerstem wild-buckwheat; wicker eriogonum; broom buckwheat; willow buckwheat
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawicker buckwheat, wickerstem eriogonum, wickerstem buckwheat, wirestem buckwheat are applied to multiple Eriogonum taxa; buckwheat, buck-wheat, buck wheat, wild buckwheat, wild-buckwheat are applied to multiple Polygonaceae taxa; flat-top, flat top, umbrella-plant, umbrella plant, umbrellaplant are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian tobacco, Indian-tobacco
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