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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 (

TaxonLavatera olbia
Family common name(s)mallow; mallows; cotton
Genus common name(s)lavatera; tree-mallow; tree mallow; treemallow
Species common name(s)Mediterranean shrub mallow
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatree lavatera is applied to multiple Lavatera taxa; malva rosa, bush-mallow, bush mallow, bushmallow, Mediterranean mallow are applied to multiple Malvaceae taxa
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