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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 (

TaxonSmelowskia ovalis
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)smelowskia
Species common name(s)short-fruited smelowskia; shortfruited smelowskia; short-fruit smelowskia; shortfruit smelowskia; alpine false candytuft
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsLassen Peak smelowskia [var. congesta]; Mt Lassen smelowskia [var. congesta]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaalpine smelowskia is more commonly applied to Smelowskia calycina; candytuft, candy-tuft, candy tuft are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. congesta Rollins
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