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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 (

TaxonQuercus palmeri
Family common name(s)oak; beech
Genus common name(s)oak; true oak; encino; encina; roble
Species common name(s)Palmer's oak; Palmer's scrub oak; Palmer's scrub-oak; Palmer's desert oak; Palmer oak; Palmer scrub oak; Palmer scrub-oak; Palmer desert oak; Dunn's oak; Dunn oak
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxascrub oak, scrub-oak, desert oak are applied to multiple Quercus taxa; chaparro is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPalmer, Dunn are proper names, so upper case preferable; Palmers, Dunns are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcQuercus dunnii Kellogg, illeg.
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