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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 incisa subsp. incisa
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)cut-leaved tansy-mustard; cut-leaved tansy mustard; cut leaved tansy mustard; cut-leaved tansymustard; cut-leaf tansy-mustard
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain tansy-mustard, mountain tansymustard, mountain tansy mustard are applied to multiple Descurainia taxa; Richardson's tansy-mustard, Richardson's tansy mustard, Richardson tansy-mustard, Richardson tansy mustard are more commonly applied to Descurainia richardsonii
NotesSonne is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Sonnes is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcDescurainia richardsonii (Sweet) O.E. Schulz subsp. incisa (Engelm.) Detling; Descurainia incana (Bernh. ex Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Dorn subsp. incisa (Engelm.) Kartesz & Gandhi
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