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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 (

TaxonSpirodela polyrhiza
Family common name(s)arum; arums; aroid; philodendron; calla
Genus common name(s)spirodela
Species common name(s)common duckmeat; common duck-meat; common duck meat; common duck-meal; common water-flaxseed; common water flaxseed; greater duckmeat; greater duck-meat; greater duck meat; greater duckmeal; greater duck-meal; great duckmeat; great duckmeal; great duckwood; giant duckmeat; giant red duckweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon duckweed, common duck-weed, common duck weed, duckmeat, duck-meat, duck meat, duck's meat, duck's-meat, ducks' meat, ducksmeat, giant duckweed, larger duckweed, large duckweed, greater duckweed, greater-duckweed, great duckweed, water-flaxseed are applied to multiple Araceae taxa; duckweed, duck-weed, duck weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcLemnaceae
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