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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 (

TaxonJuglans regia
Family common name(s)walnut; hickory; pecan; pecan nut
Genus common name(s)walnut; walnut tree; nogal
Species common name(s)common walnut; royal walnut; Persian walnut; Carpathian walnut; Circassian walnut; Caucasian walnut; Caucasus walnut; Black Sea walnut; Eurasian walnut; European walnut; English walnut; French walnut; Italian walnut; Spanish walnut; Madeira walnut; Madeira nut; akhrot
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxablack walnut, Jupiter's nut, soft-shelled walnut are applied to multiple Juglans taxa
NotesPersian, Carpathian, Circassian, Caucasian, English, Eurasian, European, French, Italian, Spanish, Madeira are proper names, upper case preferable
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