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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 (

TaxonCrataegus monogyna
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)crataegus; hawthorn; hawthorne; hawthorn tree; hawthorne tree; hawthorn bush; hawthorne bush; hagathorn; haga-thorn; hagthorn; hag thorn
Species common name(s)one-seeded hawthorn; one seeded hawthorn; one-seeded hawthorne; one seeded hawthorne; one-seed hawthorn; one seed hawthorn; oneseed hawthorn; one-seed hawthorne; one seed hawthorne; oneseed hawthorne; single-seeded hawthorn; single seeded hawthorn; single-seeded hawthorne; single seeded hawthorne; single-seed hauthorn; singleseed hauthorn; single-seed hauthorne; single seed hauthorne; singleseed hawthorne; hedge-row thorn; hedgerow thorn; quickthorn; quick-thorn; quick thorn; bread-and-butter tree; bread and butter tree; the gentle bush; May-blossom hawthorn; May blossom-hawthorn; Mayblossom hawthorn; May-blossom hawthorne; May blossom hawthorne
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon hawthorn, common hawthorne, English hawthorn, English hawthorne, European hawthorn, Maythorn, May thorn, maythorn, may thorn, May-blossom, May blossom, Mayblossom, may blossom, mayblossom, quickset thorn, quickset, ladies meat, ladies' meat are applied to multiple Crataegus taxa; May tree, Maytree, Maybush, May bush, maybush are applied to multiple Rosaceae taxa; haw, whitethorn, white-thorn, white thorn, thorn-apple, thornapple, thorn apple, thorn bush, thorn-bush, thorn tree, Mayflower, May flower, mayflower, May Day flower, bread-and-cheese tree, bread and cheese tree, bread-and-cheese, bread and cheese, mother die, fairy bush, tree-of-chastity, tree of chastity are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesEnglish is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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