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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 (

TaxonElaeagnus angustifolia
Family common name(s)oleaster; oleasters
Genus common name(s)elaeagnus; oleaster; silver-berry; silver berry
Species common name(s)Russian olive; Russian-olive; Russian wild olive; Russian olive oleaster; Russian-olive oleaster; Russian oleaster; Russian silver-berry; narrow-leaved Russian-olive; narrow-leaved Russian olive; narrow leaved Russian olive; narrow-leaved oleaster; narrow leaved oleaster; narrow-leafed oleaster; narrow leafed oleaster; narrow-leaf oleaster; narrow leaf oleaster
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaTrebizond date is applied to multiple Elaeagnus taxa; wild-olive, wild olive, wild olive-tree, tree-of-paradise, tree of paradise, wild olive, wolf-berry, wolf berry, wolfberry, buckbrush, buck brush, buck-brush are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesRussian is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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