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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 (

TaxonPhytolacca icosandra
Family common name(s)pokeweed; poke-weed; poke weed; pokeweeds
Genus common name(s)pokeweed; poke-weed; poke weed; pokeberry; poke-berry; poke berry; poke; polkweed; scoke; scoke-weed; scoke weed; scokeweed; skoke-weed; skoke weed; skokeweed
Species common name(s)button pokeweed; hydrangea-leaved poke; hydrangea-leafed poke
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatropical pokeweed, tropical poke-weed, forest inkberry, red-stemmed poke, red inkplant, mazorquilla, almorsaca, southern pokeberry are applied to multiple Phytolacca taxa; scorpion-tail, scorpion tail, scorpiontail pigeon-berry, pigeon berry, pigeonberry, inkweed, inkberry, inkberry bush, ink-berry bush, redweed, red-weed, red weed, poke-root, poke root, jaboncillo are applied to taxa in multiple families
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