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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 (

TaxonPinus coulteri
Family common name(s)pine
Genus common name(s)pine; true pine
Species common name(s)Coulter's pine; Coulter pine; California Coulter's pine; California Coulter pine; big-coned pine; big-cone pine; big cone pine; bigcone pine; widow-maker pine; widow maker pine; spur-cone pine; spur cone pine
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabull pine, pitch pine, slash pine are applied to multiple Pinus taxa
NotesCoulter is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Coulters is an error
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