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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 (

TaxonCytisus scoparius
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)cytisus
Species common name(s)Scottish broom; Scots broom; Scots' broom; Scotch broom; Scotch-broom; Scotchbroom; Scotch broom top; Scotch broom tops; English broom; Englishbroom; Irish broom; Irish broom top; Irish tops; common broom; common scoparium broom; genista green broom; monarch broom; Andreanus broom; broom-top; broom top; broomtop; broom-tops; broom tops; broomtops; coastal broom; planta genista; planta-genista
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaEuropean broom are applied to multiple Cytisus taxa; broom, Spanish broom, green broom are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; wild broom, hog weed, hog-weed, hogweed, flight to Egypt, flight-to-Egypt are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesScottish, Scots, Scotch, English, Irish are proper names, so upper case preferable
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