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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 latifolium
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)lepidium
Species common name(s)broad-leaved peppergrass; broad-leaved pepper-grass; broad-leaved pepper grass; broad leaved pepper grass; broad-leaved pepperwort; broad-leaved pepper-wort; broad-leaved pepper-weed; broad-leaved pepperweed; broad leaved pepperweed; broadleaved pepperweed; broad-leafed peppergrass; broad-leaf pepperwort; broad leaf pepperwort; broad-leaf pepper-grass; broad-leaf pepper grass; broad-leaf peppergrass; broadleaf pepperplant; broadleaf pepper-plant; broadleaf pepperwort; broadleaf peppergrass; broadleaf pepper-grass; broadleaf pepper grass; broadleaf pepperweed; tall whitetop; tall white-top; tall white top; perennial peppercress
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadittander, tall pepperweed, tall pepperwort, tall peppergrass, perennial peppergrass, perennial pepper-grass, perennial pepperweed, poorman's-pepperwort, poorman pepperweed, poorman's pepper, poor-man's-pepper, poor-man's pepper, poor man's pepper are applied to multiple Lepidium taxa; Virginia pepperweed is more commonly applied to Lepidium virginicum; peppercress, pepper-cress, pepper cress, pepper-weed, pepperweed, pepper weed, mustard-grass, mustard grass are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; whitetop, white-top, white top, whiteweed, white-weed, white weed, pepperwort, pepper-plant, pepperplant, pepper plant, pepper-grass, peppergrass, pepper grass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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