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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 (

TaxonPotamogeton diversifolius
Family common name(s)potamogeton; pondweed
Genus common name(s)potamogeton
Species common name(s)diverse-leaved pond-weed; diverse-leaved pondweed; diverse leaved pondweed; diverse-leaf pond-weed; diverse-leaf pond weed; diverse leaf pond weed; diverse-leaf pondweed; diverse leaf pondweed; water-thread pond-weed; water-thread pond weed; water thread pond weed; water-thread pondweed; water thread pondweed; waterthread pond-weed; waterthread pond weed; waterthread pondweed; waterthread; water-thread; water thread; Rafinesque's pond-weed; Rafinesque's pond weed; Rafinesque's pondweed; Rafinesque pondweed; common snail-seed pond-weed; common snail-seed pondweed; common snailseed-pondweed; common snailseed pondweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxavariable-leaved pondweed, variable leaved pondweed, variable-leaf pondweed, variable leaf pondweed, variableleaf pondweed, variable pondweed, snail-seed pondweed, snailseed pondweed are applied to multiple Potamogeton taxa; thread-leaf pondweed, thread leaf pondweed, threadleaf pondweed, threadleaf-pondweed are applied to multiple Potamogetonaceae taxa; pondweed, pond-weed, pond weed, pondweeds, fishweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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