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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 (

TaxonThamnosma montana
Family common name(s)rue; ruewort; rueworts; citrus; orange
Genus common name(s)thamnosma; desert-rue; desert rue; desertrue
Species common name(s)desert thamnosma; Mojave desert-rue; Mohave desert-rue; Mojave desertrue; Mohave desert-rue; Mohave desert rue; Mohave desertrue; turpentine-broom; turpentine broom; turpentinebroom
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxarue, turpentine-bush, turpentine bush, turpentine-brush are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesMojave, Mohave are proper names, so upper case preferable
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