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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 (

TaxonVitis californica
Family common name(s)grape
Genus common name(s)grape; grapevine; grape-vine; grape vine; grapevines; grape vines
Species common name(s)California wild grape; California wild grape vine; Californian wild grape; California native grape; California native wild grape; California grape; Pacific grape; western wild grape
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawild grape is applied to multiple Vitis taxa
NotesCalifornia, Californian, Pacific are proper names, so upper case preferable
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