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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 (

TaxonPsorothamnus spinosus
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)psorothamnus
Species common name(s)spiny smoke-tree; spiny smoke tree; spiny smoketree; spiny indigo-bush; spiny indigo bush; smoke-tree indigo-bush; smoketree indigo-bush; smoke tree indigo bush; indigo-flowered smoke tree; smoketree dalea; desert smoke-tree; desert smoke tree; desert smoketree; Barneby's smoke-tree; Barneby's smoketree; Barneby smoke-tree; Barneby smoketree; smokethorn dalea; smokethorn; smoke-thorn; smoke thorn
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaindigo-bush, indigo bush, indigobush are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; smokebush, smoke-bush, smoke bush, smoketree, smoke-tree, smoke tree, desert beauty are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcDalea spinosa A. Gray
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