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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 (

TaxonAtriplex torreyi var. torreyi
Family common name(s)chenopod; chenopode; goosefoot; pigweed; pigweeds
Genus common name(s)atriplex; orach; orache; salt-sage; salt sage; saltsage; salty sage
Species common name(s)Torrey's saltbush; Torrey's quailbush; Torrey's quailbrush; Torrey saltbush; Torrey quailbush; Torrey quailbrush; Nevada saltbush; Nevada salt-bush; Nevada salt bush; watersage saltbush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacoast saltbush is applied to multiple Atriplex taxa; salybush is applied to multiple Chenopodiaceae taxa; saltbush, salt-bush, salt bush, goose-weed, goose-weeds, water sage, sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, white-thistle, whitethistle, white thistle are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesTorrey is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Torreys is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmaranthaceae; Atriplex lentiformis (Torr.) S. Watson subsp. torreyi (S. Watson) H.M. Hall & Clem.; Atriplex lentiformis (Torr.) S. Watson var. torreyi (S. Watson) McMinn; Obione torreyi S. Watson
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