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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 (

TaxonCeratonia siliqua
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)ceratonia
Species common name(s)St John's bread; St-John's-bread; St John's-bread; St John's bread tree; Saint John's bread; Saint-John's-bread; Saint John's-bread; John's bread; St John's carob; European carob tree; carob-tree; carob tree; carob bean; carob bean gum; carob; carob gum; carobel; algarroba bean; algaroba bean
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalocust tree, locust-bean, locust bean, locust pods, algarroba, algaroba are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa
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