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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 (

TaxonLepidium densiflorum
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)lepidium
Species common name(s)dense-flowered lepidium; dense-flowered peppergrass; dense-flower pepper-grass; dense-flower peppergrass; denseflower peppergrass; denseflower pepperweed; densecress; many-flowered peppergrass; many-flower peppergrass; manyflower peppergrass; prairie pepperwort; prairie peppergrass; prairie pepper-grass; prairie pepper grass; prairie pepperweed; prairie-pepperweed; prairie pepper-weed; green-flowered peppergrass; green-flowered pepper-grass; green-flowered pepperweed; green flowered pepperweed; greenflower pepperwort; greenflower pepperweed; green-flower pepperweed; green flower pepperweed; small peppergrass; small pepper-grass; small pepper grass; miner's pepperwort; miner's pepperweed; miner pepperweed; miners pepperweed; miner's pepper; miners pepper
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsbig-seed pepper-weed [var. macrocarpum]; bigseed pepperweed [var. macrocarpum]; big-seed pepperweed [var. macrocarpum]; bigseed pepper-grass [var. macrocarpum]; baby-seed pepperweed [var. pubicarpum]; babyseed pepperweed [var. pubicarpum]; branch pepperplant [var. ramosum]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon pepper-grass, common pepper grass, common peppergrass, common pepperweed, wild pepper-grass, wild peppergrass, wild pepper grass, small peppercress, poorman's pepper, poor-man's-pepper, poor-man's pepper, poor man's pepper are applied to multiple Lepidium taxa; peppercress, pepper-cress, pepper cress, pepper-weed, pepperweed, pepper weed are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; whitetop, white-top, white top, whiteweed, white-weed, white weed, pepperwort, wild tongue-grass, wild tonguegrass, wild tongue grass, tongue-grass, tonguegrass, tongue grass, pepper-plant, pepperplant, pepper plant, pepper-grass, peppergrass, pepper grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. elongatum (Rydb.) Thell.; var. macrocarpum G.A. Mulligan; var. pubicarpum (A. Nelson) Thell.; var. ramosum (A. Nelson) Thell.
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