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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 (

TaxonRhus integrifolia
Family common name(s)sumac; sumach; sumachs; cashew; poison-oak; poison oak; poison-ivy; poison ivy
Genus common name(s)rhus; true sumac; sumac; sumach
Species common name(s)lemonade-berry; lemonade berry; lemonadeberry; lemonade-berry sumac; lemonade berry sumac; lemonadeberry sumac; lemonade sumac; lemonade sumach; lemonberry rhus; sour-berry sumac; sour berry sumac; sourberry sumac; coast sumac; mahogany sumac; mahogany sumach; California mahogany; California sumach; western sumach
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalemon sumac is applied to multiple Rhus taxa; California sumac, western sumac are applied to multiple Anacardiaceae taxa; sourberry, sour-berry, sour berry, shumac, mahogany are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian lemonade
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