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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 (

TaxonSisymbrium irio
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)sisymbrium; tumbleweed-mustard; tumbleweed mustard; tumbleweedmustard
Species common name(s)London rocket; London-rocket; Londonrocket; London rocket mustard; London rocket mustard weed; London rocket tumble-mustard; London rocket tumble mustard; London rocket hedge-mustard; London rocket hedgemustard; London hedge-mustard; London hedgemustard; London mustard; rocket-mustard; rocket mustard; rocketmustard; nabillo
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatumble-mustard, tumble mustard, tumblemustard, desert mustard, wild mustard, hedge-mustard, hedge mustard, hedgemustard are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; watercress, water-cress, water cress is more commonly applied to Nasturtium; true water-cress, true watercress, true water cress are more commonly applied to Nasturtium officinale; water-radish, water radish are more commonly applied to Nasturtium amphibium
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