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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 (

TaxonCinnamomum camphora
Family common name(s)laurel; laurels
Genus common name(s)cinnamon; cinnamin
Species common name(s)camphor laurel; laurel camphor; camphora laurel; camphor tree; camphor-tree; camphortree; amphora tree; cinnamon camphor; cinnamon camphor tree; cinnamin camphor; gum camphor; Formosa camphor; Formosan camphor; Japan camphor; Japanese camphor; French camphor; true camphor; howood; ho-wood; ho wood
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacamphor is applied to taxa in multiple families
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