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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 (

TaxonCeanothus pumilus
Family common name(s)buckthorn; buckthorns
Genus common name(s)ceanothus; ceanoto; California lilac; California-lilac; Californian lilac; California mountain lilac; California mountain-lilac; California wild lilac; mountain lilac; mountain-lilac; mtn lilac; wild lilac; wild-lilac
Species common name(s)Siskiyou mat; Siskiyou-mat; Siskiyou-mat ceanothus; Siskiyou mat ceanothus; Siskiyou ceanothus; Siskiyou dwarf ceanothus; Siskiyou white-thorn; Siskiyou whitethorn
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadwarf ceanothus, whitethorn ceanothus are applied to multiple Ceanothus taxa; myrtle, whitethorn, white-thorn, white thorn, deerbrush, dear brush, deer-brush, sea mat, sea-mat, red-root, red root, soapberry, soap-berry, soap berry are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesSiskiyou is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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