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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 montanum
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)lepidium
Species common name(s)mountain pepperwort; mountain peppergrass; mountain pepper-grass; mountain pepper grass; mountain pepperplant; mountain pepperweed; Montana peppergrass; Montana pepper-grass; Montana pepperweed; Basin pepperplant
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsgray pepperweed [var. canescens]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern peppergrass, western pepper-grass 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, 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. canescens (Thell.) C.L. Hitchc.; var. cinereum (C.L. Hitchc.) Rollins; var. montanum; subsp. canescens (Thell.) C.L. Hitchc.; subsp. cinereum (C.L. Hitchc.) C.L. Hitchc.; subspr. montanum
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