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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 (

TaxonGunnera tinctoria
Family common name(s)gunnera
Genus common name(s)gunnera
Species common name(s)Chilean gunnera; Chilean giant rhubarb; Chilean rhubarb; Chilean-rhubarb; Chilean 'ape'ape; spiny elephant's-umbrella
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagiant rhubarb, Chile rhubarb are applied to multiple Gunnera taxa; dinosaur food is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesChilean is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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