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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 umbellatum var. munzii
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)sulphur-flowered eriogonum; sulphur flowered eriogonum; sulphur-flowered wild-buckwheat; sulphur-flowered wild buckwheat; sulphur flowered wild buckwheat; sulphur-flowered buckwheat; sulphur flowered buckwheat; sulphur-flower eriogonum; sulphur flower eriogonum; sulphur-flower wild-buckwheat; sulphur-flower wild buckwheat; sulphur flower wild buckwheat; sulphur-flower buckwheat; sulphur flower buckwheat; sulphurflower buckwheat; sulphur eriogonum; sulfur-flowered eriogonum; sulfur-flowered wild-buckwheat; sulfur-flowered wild buckwheat; sulfur-flower eriogonum; sulfur flower eriogonum; sulfur-flower wild-buckwheat; sulfur-flower wild buckwheat; sulfur-flower buckwheat; sulfur flower buckwheat; sulfurflower buckwheat; sulfur wild-buckwheat; sulfur wild buckwheat; sulfur-colored buckwheat; sulfur eriogonum; sulfur buckwheat; umbelled buckwheat
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasulphur flower, sulphur-flower, sulphurflower, sulphur buckwheat, yellow buckwheat, red-flowered buckwheat, red flowered buckwheat, red-flower buckwheat, redflower buckwheat 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
NotesMunz is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Munz', Munzs are errors
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