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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 (

TaxonMalus pumila
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)apple; apple tree; appletree; crab-apple; crab apple; crabapple; crab tree; crab-tree
Species common name(s)paradise apple; common apple; common apple tree; common appletree; cultivated apple; cultivated apple tree; domestic apple; domestic apple tree; domestic appletree; domesticated apple
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon apple, wild crab, wild apple, European apple, garden apple, garden apple tree, orchard apple are applied to multiple Malus taxa; wild crab-apple, wild crab apple, wild crabapple are applied to multiple Rosaceae taxa
NotesEuropean is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. domestica (Borkh.) C.K. Schneid.; Malus domestica Borkh.; Malus sylvestris Mill., misapplied; Pyrus malus L.
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