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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 (

TaxonPrunus virginiana var. demissa
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)prunus; apricot; cherry tree
Species common name(s)common choke-cherry; common choke cherry; common chokecherry; common choak-cherry; common choak cherry; red choke-cherry; red choke cherry; red chokecherry; Virginia choke-cherry; Virginia choke cherry; Virginia chokecherry; Virginia bird-cherry; Virginia bird cherry; Virginian bird-cherry; Virginian bird cherry; Virginian bird-cherry-tree; Virginian bird cherry tree
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxachokecherry, choke-cherry, choke cherry, choke cherries, choak-cherry, choak cherry, Rocky Mountain cherry, dwarf choke-cherry, dwarf choke cherry, Virginia cherry, Virginia cherry tree, Virginian tree, Virginian cherry tree, bitter cherry, bitter-cherry, bittercherry, wild bitter cherry, dwarf wild cherry, wild cherry, wild cherry tree are applied to multiple Prunus taxa; plum, cherry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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