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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 (

TaxonFraxinus anomala
Family common name(s)olive; ash
Genus common name(s)ash; ash tree; fresno
Species common name(s)single-leaved ash; single leaved ash; single-leafed ash; single leafed ash; single-leaf ash; single leaf ash; singleleaf ash; dwarf ash; Utah ash
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert ash is applied to multiple Fraxinus taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. triphylla M.E. Jones
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