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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 (

TaxonAlbizia julibrissin
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)albizia; silk-tree; silk tree; silktree
Species common name(s)silky acacia; silk acacia; mimosa silk tree; pink silk-tree; pink silk tree; pink silktree; pink siris acacia; pink siris; silk mimisa tree; black mimosa tree; black mimosa
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamimosa, mimosa bush, mimosa tree, pink mimosa, powderpuff tree are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
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