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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 (

TaxonHirschfeldia incana
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)hirschfeldia
Species common name(s)summer field mustard; summer mustard; summer-mustard; short-podded mustard; short podded mustard; shortpodded mustard; short-pod mustard; short pod mustard; shortpod mustard; Mediterranean hoary-mustard; Mediterranean hoary mustard; hoary-mustard; hoary mustard; hairy mustard; hairy brassica; Greek mustard; buchan weed; buchanweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaweedy mustard, wild mustard, Mediterranean mustard, field mustard, perennial mustard, slender mustard are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; bastard-rocket, bastard rocket are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesMediterranean is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcBrassica geniculata (Desf.) Benth.; Sinapis incana L.; Sinapis geniculata Desf.
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