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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 (

TaxonArbutus menziesii
Family common name(s)heath; heather; heathwort; heathworts
Genus common name(s)arbutus; arbutus tree; arbute; madroño; madrono; madrone; madroña; madrona
Species common name(s)Pacific arbutus; Pacific madrone; Pacific madroño; Pacific madrono; Pacific madroña; Pacific madrona; Oregon laurel
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalaurelwood is applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (possibly pejorative or derogatory): squaw legs
NotesPacific is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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