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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 (

TaxonBerberis vulgaris
Family common name(s)barberry
Genus common name(s)barberry; barberry-bush; barberry bush; barberry-tree; barberry tree; berberry; berbery; berberos; Oregon-grape; Oregon grape; Oregongrape; holly-grape; holly grape; hollygrape; grape-holly; grape holly; grapeholly
Species common name(s)European barberry; European berbery; common European barberry; common barberry; common berbery; garden barberry; maiden barberry; jaundice barberry; jaundice-berry; jaundice berry; jaundice-tree; jaudnice tree; piprage; pipperidge; pipperidge bush; pipperidge-bush; piperidge; piperidge bush; peprage; pepperidge bush; pepperidge-bush; pepperridge-bush; sour-spine; wood-sore; woods-sow; epine-vinette; epine vinette; guild tree
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain grape, pepperidge, sourberry, sour-berry, sour berry, wood-sour, wood sour, holy thorn, sowberry, sow-berry, sow berry, dragon berry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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