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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 (

TaxonOlneya tesota
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)olneya
Species common name(s)desert ironwood; Sonora ironwood; Sonoran ironwood; Arizona ironwood; Arizona-ironwood; tesota
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaironwood, ironwood tree, western ironwood, Mexican ironwood, black ironwood, palo de hierro, palo-de-hierro, palo fierro are applied to taxa in multiple families
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