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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 (

TaxonPlantago erecta
Family common name(s)plantain; plantains
Genus common name(s)plantago; rib-grass; rib grass; ribgrass; rib-wort; rib wort; ribwort
Species common name(s)erect plantain; foothill plantain; California dwarf plantain; common California plantain; dot-seed plantain; dot seed plantain; dotseed plantain
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadwarf plantain, alkali plantain, California plantain, western plantain, annual plantain, English plantain, tallow-weed, tallow weed are applied to multiple Plantago taxa; plantain, lamb's-tongue, lamb's tongue are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian-wheat, Indian wheat, Indianwheat
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