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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 parvifolia
Family common name(s)elm
Genus common name(s)elm; elm tree; elm-tree
Species common name(s)common Chinese elm; Chinese weeping elm; weeping Chinese elm; Chinese evergreen elm; evergreen Chinese elm; Chinese lace-bark elm; Chinese lace bark elm; Chinese lacebark elm; lace-bark Chinese elm; lace bark Chinese elm; lacebark Chinese elm; weeping lacebark elm; lace-bark elm; lace bark elm; lacebark elm; leather-leaf elm; leatherleaf elm
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaChinese elm, Siberian elm, weeping elm, small-leaved elm, small leaved elm, small-leaf elm, small leaf elm, little-leaf elm, little leaf elm, littleleaf elm, dwarf elm are applied to multiple Ulmus taxa
NotesChinese is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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