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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 (

TaxonEriogonum luteolum var. pedunculatum
Family common name(s)buckwheat; smartweed; knotweed
Genus common name(s)eriogonum; woolly knees; woolly knotweed; woolly knot weed; North American wild buckwheat; North American wild-buckwheat; American wild-buckwheat; American wild buckwheat; American buckwheat
Species common name(s)golden-carpet wild-buckwheat; golden-carpet wild buckwheat; golden carpet wild buckwheat; golden-carpet buckwheat; goldencarpet buckwheat
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagolden buckwheat, wicker buckwheat, wickerstem eriogonum, wickerstem buckwheat are applied to multiple Eriogonum taxa are applied to multiple Eriogonum taxa; buckwheat, buck-wheat, buck wheat, wild buckwheat, wild-buckwheat are applied to multiple Polygonaceae taxa; flat-top, flat top, umbrella-plant, umbrella plant, umbrellaplant are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian tobacco, Indian-tobacco
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcEriogonum pedunculatum S. Stokes
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