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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 (

TaxonArctostaphylos columbiana
Family common name(s)heath; heather; heathwort; heathworts
Genus common name(s)arctostaphylos; manzanita
Species common name(s)Columbia manzanita; Columbian manzanita; redwood manzanita
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsTracy's manzanita [var. tracyi]; Tracy manzanita [var. tracyi]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahairy manzanita, bristly manzanita, green-leaf manzanita, green leaf manzanita, greenleaf manzanita are applied to multiple Arctostaphylos taxa; bearberry, bear-berry, bear berry are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesTracy is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Tracys is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcf. tracyi (Eastw.) P.V. Wells; Arctostaphylos tracyi Eastw.
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