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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 (

TaxonRorippa sphaerocarpa
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)yellow-cress; yellow cress; yellowcress; yellow water-cress; yellow water cress; yellow watercress; marsh-cress; marsh cress; marshcress
Species common name(s)round-pod yellow-cress; round-pod yellow cress; round-pod yellowcress; roundpod yellowcress; round-fruit yellow-cress; round-fruit yellowcress; roundfruit yellowcress
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawatercress, water-cress, water cress are more commonly applied to Nasturtium
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