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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 (

TaxonColutea arborescens
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)colutea
Species common name(s)common bladder-senna; common bladder senna; common bladdersenna; black senna; common bastard-senna; common bastard senna; greater bastard-senna; greater bastard senna; bastard-senna tree; bastard senna tree
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabladder-senna, bladder senna, bladdersenna, bastard-senna, bastard senna are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; bladdernut tree, bladder-nut tree, bladder nut tree are applied to taxa in multiple families
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