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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 (

TaxonCeanothus verrucosus
Family common name(s)buckthorn; buckthorns
Genus common name(s)ceanothus; ceanoto; California lilac; California-lilac; Californian lilac; California mountain lilac; California mountain-lilac; California wild lilac; mountain lilac; mountain-lilac; mtn lilac; wild lilac; wild-lilac
Species common name(s)wart-stemmed ceanothus; wart-stemmed California-lilac; wart-stemmed California ilac; wart stemmed California lilac; wart-stemmed lilac; wart-stem ceanothus; wart stem ceanothus; wart-stem California-lilac; wart-stem California lilac; wart stem California lilac; wart-stem mountain lilac; wart-stem mountain-lilac; wart stem mountain lilac; wart stem mtn lilac; wart-stem lilac; wart-stem-lilac; warty-stemmed ceanothus; warty stemmed ceanothus; warty-stem ceanothus; warty stem ceanothus; wartystem ceanothus; barranca ceanothus; barranca-brush; barranca brush; barranca bush; barranca-bush; coast white ceanothus; coast white lilac; white coast ceanothus
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite ceanothus, white lilac, coast ceanothus are applied to multiple Ceanothus taxa; myrtle, deerbrush, dear brush, deer-brush, red-root, red root, soapberry, soap-berry, soap berry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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