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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 (

TaxonGarrya fremontii
Family common name(s)silk-tassel; silk tassel; silktassel
Genus common name(s)garrya; silk-tassel; silk tassel; silktassel; silk-tassel bush; silk tassel bush; silktassel bush; silktassel-bush; silk-tassel tree; silk tassel tree; silktassel tree; silk-tassle; silk tassle; silktassle; silk-tassle tree; silk tassle tree; silk-tassle bush; silk tassle bush; silk-tassel; silk tassel; silktassel bush; tassel-bush; tassel bush; tasselbush; tasseltree
Species common name(s)Frémont's silk-tassel; Frémont's silk tassel; Frémont's silktassel; Frémont's silk-tassel bush; Frémont's silk tassel bush; Frémont's silk-tassel bearbrush; Frémont's silk tassel bearbrush; Frémont's tasselbush; Frémont's bearbrush; Fremont's silk-tassel; Fremont's silk tassel; Fremont's silktassel; Fremont's silk-tassel bush; Fremont's silk tassel bush; Fremont's silk-tassel bearbrush; Fremont's silk tassel bearbrush; Fremont's tasselbush; Fremont's bearbrush; Frémont silk-tassel; Frémont silk tassel; Frémont silktassel; Frémont silk-tassel bush; Frémont silk tassel bush; Frémont silk-tassel bearbrush; Frémont silk tassel bearbrush; Frémont tasselbush; Frémont bearbrush; Fremont silk-tassel; Fremont silk tassel; Fremont silktassel; Fremont silk-tassel bush; Fremont silk tassel bush; Fremont silk-tassel bearbrush; Fremont silk tassel bearbrush; Fremont tasselbush; Fremont bearbrush; bearbrush silktassel; bear-brush; bear brush; bearbrush; mountain silk-tassel; mountain silktassel; mountain silktassel bush; green-leaf silk-tassel; California feverbush; California fever-bush; California fever bush; Californian fever-bush; Californian fever bush; Californian feverbush; upland silk tassel bush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaquinine-bush, quinine bush, quininebush quinine-brush, quinine brush, quininebrush, fringe bush, fringe-bush, fever bush, fever-bush, feverbush, skunkbush, skunk-bush, skunk bush are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesFrémont, Fremont, California, Californian are proper names, so upper case preferable; Frémonts, Fremonts, Fremon's are errors
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