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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 (

TaxonHornungia procumbens
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)hornungia
Species common name(s)prostrate hornungia; prostrate hutchinsia; prostrate hymenolobus; prostrate alpen-cress; spreading hutchinsia; desert hutchinsia; oval-purse; ovalpurse; oval purse; nannie's purse; slenderweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaannual hutchinsia, Hutchins' mustard are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcHutchinsia procumbens (L.) Desv.; Capsella procumbens (L.) Fr.; Hymenolobus procumbens (L.) Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray
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