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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 (

TaxonEuonymus occidentalis var. occidentalis
Family common name(s)staff-tree; stafftree; staff-trees; burning bush; bittersweet
Genus common name(s)euonymus; wahoo; spindle-tree; spindletree; spindle tree; spindlebush; spindle bush; strawberry-bush; strawberry bush; heart's-bursting-with-love; hearts-bursting-with-love; hearts bursting with love
Species common name(s)western euonymus; western burning-bush; western burning bush; western burningbush; western wahoo; western strawberry-bush; pawnbroker bush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaspindleberry, spindle-berry, spindle berry are applied to multiple Celastraceae taxa; burning-bush, burning bush, burningbush, firebush, fire-bush, fire bush, bittersweet, bitter-sweet are applied to taxa in multiple families
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