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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 (

TaxonDescurainia pinnata subsp. ochroleuca
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)tansy-mustard; tansy mustard; tansymustard
Species common name(s)pinnate tansy-mustard; pinnate tansy mustard; pinnate tansymustard; western tansy-mustard; western tansy mustard; western tansymustard; green tansy-mustard; green tansy mustard; green tansymustard; yellow tansy-mustard; yellow tansy mustard; yellow tansymustard
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSophia ochroleuca Woot.
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