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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 (

TaxonSalsola soda
Family common name(s)chenopod; chenopode; goosefoot; pigweed; pigweeds
Genus common name(s)salsola; Russian-thistle; Russian-thistle; Russianthistle; Russian thistle tumbleweed; Russian tumbleweed; tumbling Russian thistle; Russian-cactus; Russian cactus
Species common name(s)opposite-leaved Russian-thistle; opposite-leaf Russian-thistle; opposite-leaf Russian thistle; opposite leaf Russian thistle; oppositeleaf Russian-thistle; oppositeleaf Russian thistle; opposite-leaved saltwort; opposite leaved saltwort; opposite-leaf glasswort; oppositeleaf glasswort; alkali Russian thistle; fleshy-leaved Russian thistle; soda saltwort; soda-salzkraut; salt marsh thistle; bayshore salsola
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaMediterranean saltwort is applied to multiple Salsola taxa; barilla, barilla plant, glasswort, glass-wort, glass wort, glasswart are applied to multiple Chenopodiaceae taxa; saltwort, salt-wort, salt wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesRussian is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae
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