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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 (

TaxonArctostaphylos nevadensis subsp. knightii
Family common name(s)heath; heather; heathwort; heathworts
Genus common name(s)arctostaphylos; manzanita
Species common name(s)pine-mat manzanita; pine mat manzanita; pinemat manzanita; snowmat manzanita; Nevada manzanita
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxapine-mat, pine mat, pinemat, bearberry, bear-berry, bear berry are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesKnight is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Knights is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcArctostaphylos X knightii Gankin & W.R. Hildreth
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