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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 (

TaxonTamarix gallica
Family common name(s)tamarix; tamarisk
Genus common name(s)tamarix; tamarisk; tamarisk tree; flowering cypress
Species common name(s)French tamarix; French tamarisk; French salt-cedar; French salt cedar; French saltcedar; Gallic tamarisk
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon tamarisk is applied to multiple Tamarix taxa; salt cedar, saltcedar, salt-cedar are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesFrench is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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