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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 (

TaxonCaesalpinia gilliesii
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)caesalpinia; bird-of-paradise shrub; bird-of-paradise bush; nicker; nicker tree; nickar tree; holdback
Species common name(s)yellow bird-of-paradise; yellow bird of paradise; yellow bird-of-paradise shrub; yellow bird of paradise shrub; yellow bird-of-paradise bush; yellow bird of paradise bush; paradise caesalpinia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert bird-of-paradise, desert bird of paradise, yellow dwarf poinciana, paradise poinciana, Mexican bird-of-paradise, Mexican bird of paradise, Mexican bird-of-paradise bush, Mexican bird of paradise bush, mysore thorn are applied to multiple Caesalpinia taxa; poinciana is applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; bird-of-paradise, bird of paradise, cat's-claw, cat's claw, catsclaw, cat-claw, catclaw are applied to taxa in multiple families
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