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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 ovata
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)sugar-bush; sugar bush; sugarbush; sugar-bush sumac; sugar bush sumac; sugarbush sumac; sugar sumac; lemonade and sugar tree; chaparral sumac; bush laurel
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain laurel, mountain-laurel, shumac are applied to taxa in multiple families
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