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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 (

TaxonSalix orestera
Family common name(s)willow; willows; poplar; poplars; cottonwood
Genus common name(s)salix; willow; willow tree; willow-tree; willowtree; pussy willow; pussy-willow; pussywillow; pussy willows; scrub willow; scrub-willow; osier; saugh; saugh tree; saugh-tree; sally-tree; sally tree; Sally-tree; Sally tree; sally; Sallys; sallys
Species common name(s)gray-leaved Sierra willow; grey-leaved Sierra willow; gray-leafed Sierra willow; gray-leaf Sierra willow; grayleaf Sierra willow; gray-leaf Sierran willow; gray leaf Sierran willow; grayleaf Sierran willow; grey-leaf Sierran willow; greyleaf Sierran willow
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaSierra willow is applied to multiple Salix taxa; withy, with, widdy are applied to taxa in multiple families
Noteswhen Sierra, Sierran are used as proper names, upper case preferable
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