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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 (

TaxonAdenostoma sparsifolium
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)adenostoma
Species common name(s)red-shank chamise; red shank chamise; redshank chamise; red-shanks chamise; red shanks chamise; redshanks chamise; ribbonwood chamise; ribbon-wood chamise; ribbon wood chamise; chamiso colorado
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaribbon bush, ribbonwood, ribbon-wood, ribbon wood, yerba-de-pasmo, yerba de pasmo, chamise, chamiso, chamisa, chamis, chamizo, chamiza, redshank, red-shank, red shank, redshanks, red-shanks, red shanks, redleg, red-leg, red leg, greasewood, grease-wood, yerba del pasmo are applied to taxa in multiple families
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