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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 (

TaxonMinuartia rubella
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)minuartia
Species common name(s)reddish sandwort; red-seeded sandwort; boreal sandwort; boreal stitchwort; marble sandwort; mosslike minuartia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain sandwort, vernal sandwort are applied to multiple Minuartia taxa; arctic sandwort is more commonly applied to Minuartia arctica; beautiful sandwort, red sandwort, tufted sandwort, stitchwort, sandwort, sand-wort, sand wort are applied to multiple Caryophyllaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcArenaria propinqua Richardson
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