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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 (

TaxonCistus ladanifer
Family common name(s)cistus; rock-rose; rock rose; rock roses
Genus common name(s)cistus
Species common name(s)common gum cistus; common gum rock-rose; common gum rockrose; common gum rock rose; gum rock-rose; gum rockrose; gum rock rose; resinous rock-rose; crimson-spot rock-rose; crimson-spot rock rose; crimson spot rock-rose; crimson spot rock rose; crimson-spot rockrose; crimson spot rockrose; crimsonspot rock-rose; crimson-eye rockrose
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaresinous rockrose, gum cistus, hoary cistus are applied to multiple Cistus taxa; spotted rock-rose, spotted rockrose, spotted rock rose are applied to multiple Cistaceae taxa; rose of Sharon, rose-of-Sharon, rock-rose, rock rose, rockrose are applied to taxa in multiple families
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