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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 (

TaxonUlmus americana
Family common name(s)elm
Genus common name(s)elm; elm tree; elm-tree
Species common name(s)American elm; American elm tree; American white elm; white American elm; American rough-leaved elm tree; American rough leaved elm-tree; American rough-leaf elm tree; American soft-leaved elm; American soft-leaf elm; American soft elm; American weeping elm; gray hard elm; feather elm
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon elm, white elm, soft elm, gray elm, grey elm, red elm, American red elm, rock elm, piss-elm, piss elm, piss-elm tree, piss elm tree are applied to multiple Ulmus taxa; water elm, water-elm, swamp elm are applied to multiple Ulmaceae taxa
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian elm
NotesAmerican is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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