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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 (

TaxonSagittaria latifolia
Family common name(s)water-plantain; water plantain; waterplantain; arrowhead
Genus common name(s)sagittaria; arrowhead; arrow-head; arrow head; tule-potato; tule potato; tulepotato; tule root; swamp-potato; swamp potato; duck-potato; duck potato; duckpotato; swan-potato; swan potato; wapato; wap-pa-to; wapatoo; wappato; wappatoo; whapto; wapto; flecha de agua
Species common name(s)broad-leaved arrowhead; broad leaved arrowhead; broad-leaved arrow-head; broadleaved arrowhead; broad-leafed arrowhead; broad leafed arrowhead; broad-leafed arrow-head; broadleafed arrowhead; broad-leaf arrowhead; broad leaf arrowhead; broad-leaf arrow-head; broad leaf arrow head; broadleaf arrowhead; broadleaf arrow-head; American arrowhead; American arrow-head; hairy arrowhead; hairy arrowleaf; sticky arrowhead; common duck potato; duck arrowhead; duck tuber
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxanorthern arrowhead, northern arrow-head, floating arrowhead, common arrowhead, downy arrowhead, long-beaked arrowhead, long-beaked arrow-head, long-beak arrowhead, longbeak arrowhead, long-barb arrowhead, longbarb arrowhead, fleche d'eau are applied to multiple Sagittaria taxa; swan tuber is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesAmerican is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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