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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 (

TaxonNitrophila occidentalis
Family common name(s)amaranth; amaranths; pigweed; pig weed
Genus common name(s)nitrophila; nitrophylla; niterwort; niter-wort; niter wort; borax-weed; borax weed; boraxweed
Species common name(s)western nitrophila; western nitrophylla; western niterwort; western niter-wort; western borax-weed; western borax weed; western boraxweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaalkali-weed, alkali weed, alkalai weed, alkaliweed, alkalaiweed are applied to taxa in multiple families; miterwort is more commonly applied to Mitella
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcChenopodiaceae
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