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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 (

TaxonCeanothus foliosus var. vineatus
Family common name(s)buckthorn; buckthorns
Genus common name(s)ceanothus; ceanoto; California lilac; California-lilac; Californian lilac; California mountain lilac; California mountain-lilac; California wild lilac; mountain lilac; mountain-lilac; mtn lilac; wild lilac; wild-lilac
Species common name(s)wavy-leaved ceanothus; wavy leaved ceanothus; wavy-leafed ceanothus; wavy leafed ceanothus; wavy-leaf ceanothus; wavy leaf ceanothus; wavyleaf ceanothus; waveyleaf ceanothus; wavy-leaf whitethorn; wavy-leaf buckbrush; wavyleaf buck brush; wavyleaf buckbrush; wavy-leaf mountain-lilac; wavy-leaf mountain lilac; wavy leaf mountain lilac; wavy-leaf lilac
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabuckbrush ceanothus is applied to multiple Ceanothus taxa; buckbrush, buck brush, buck-brush, deerbrush, deer brush, deer-brush, myrtle, whitethorn, white-thorn, white thorn, red-root, red root, soapberry, soap-berry, soap berry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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