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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 (

TaxonShepherdia canadensis
Family common name(s)oleaster; oleasters
Genus common name(s)shepherdia; buffalo-berry; buffalo berry; buffaloberry; bull-berry; bull berry; bullberry; soopalallie; soopalallie berry
Species common name(s)Canadian shepherdia; Canadian buffaloberry; Canadian buffalo-berry; Canadian buffalo berry; Canada shepherdia; Canada buffalo-shepherdia; Canada buffaloberry; Canada buffalo-berry; Canada buffalo berry; Canada soopalallie; Canadian bull-berry; Canadian bull berry; Canadian bullberry; Canadian soopalallie; russet buffaloberry; russet buffalo-berry; russet buffalo berry; russet soapberry; russet soap-berry russet soap berry; low shepherdia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxarabbit-berry, rabbit berry, rabbitberry are applied to multiple Shepherdia taxa; wild oleaster, wild oleaster tree, wild oleaster-tree sre applied to multiple Elaeagnaceae taxa; soapberry, bearberry, bear-berry, bear berry, bitter berries, nanny-berry, nanny berry, nannyberry, soap-berry, soap berry, soapberry, scurfy-shrub, scurfy shrub, scurfyshrub, wild-olive, wild olive are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCanadian, Canada are proper names, so upper case preferable
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