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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 (

TaxonRhododendron macrophyllum
Family common name(s)heath; heather; heathwort; heathworts
Genus common name(s)rhododendron
Species common name(s)Pacific rhododendron; Pacific coast rhododendron; Pacific Coast rhododendron; Pacific big-leaf rhododendron; Pacific big leaf rhododendron; west coast rhododendron; West Coast rhododendron; coast rhododendron; California rhododendron; California rose-bay; California rose bay; California rosebay
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern rhododendron, big-leaved rhododendron, big-leaf rhododendron, big leaf rhododendron are applied to multiple Rhododendron taxa; rose-bay, rose bay, rosebay are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPacific, California are proper names, so upper case preferable
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