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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 (

TaxonVaccinium scoparium
Family common name(s)heath; heather; heathwort; heathworts
Genus common name(s)vaccinium; blueberry; cranberry; bilberry; ground-hurts; ground hurts
Species common name(s)little-leaved huckleberry; little-leafed huckleberry; little leafed huckleberry; little-leaf huckleberry; little leaf huckleberry; littleleaf huckleberry; small-leaved whortleberry; small-leaf huckleberry; small leaf huckleberry; small-leaved whortleberry; small-leaf whortleberry; grouse huckleberry; grouse huckle-berry; grouse whortleberry; grouse whortle-berry; grouse-whortle-berry; grouse whortle berry; grouseberry; grouse-berry; grouse berry; Leiberg grouseberry; dwarf red whortleberry; small red huckleberry; broom huckleberry; broom huckle-berry; appetite-berry
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxared huckleberry, red whortleberry, dwarf grouseberry, small-leaved huckleberry are applied to multiple Vaccinium taxa; huckleberry, huckle-berry, huckle berry, whortleberry, whortle-berry are applied to multiple Ericaceae taxa; deerberry, deer-berry, deer berry, buckberry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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