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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 (

TaxonQuercus X acutidens
Family common name(s)oak; beech
Genus common name(s)oak; true oak; encino; encina; roble
Species common name(s)Torrey's hybrid oak; Torrey's scrub oak; Torrey hybrid oak; Torrey scrub oak
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxascrub oak, scrub-oak, hybrid oak, Torrey's oak, Torrey oak are applied to multiple Quercus taxa; chaparro is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesTorrey is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Torreys is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etc[Quercus cornelius-mulleri X Quercus engelmannii] Quercus dumosa Nutt. var. acutidens (Torrey) Wenzig
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