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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 (

TaxonHesperocyparis abramsiana var. butanoensis
Family common name(s)cypress; cedar
Genus common name(s)hesperocyparis
Species common name(s)Santa Cruz cypress; Santa Cruz Mountains cypress; Abrams's cypress; Abrams' cypress; Abrams cypress
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern cypress is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesSanta Cruz is a proper names, so upper case preferable; not on Santa Cruz Island, thus not Santa Cruz Island cypress
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcCupressus abramsiana C.B. Wolf, in part; Cupressus goveniana Gordon subsp. butanoensis Silba
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