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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 (

TaxonBernardia myricifolia
Family common name(s)euphorb; spurge; spurges
Genus common name(s)bernardia; myrtle-croton; myrtle croton; myrtlecroton
Species common name(s)southwest bernardia; southwestern bernardia; western bernardia; western myrtle-croton; western myrtle croton; brush myrtle-croton; brush myrtlecroton; hoary myrtle-croton; hoary myrtle croton; hoary myrtlecroton; mouse's-eye; mouse's eye; mouse-eye; mouse eye
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamouse-ears, mouse ears, oreja de raton are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcBernardia incana C.V. Morton
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