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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 (

TaxonCornus nuttallii
Family common name(s)dogwood; cornel; cornels
Genus common name(s)dogwood; cornel; dogberry tree; dogberry-tree; bunch-berry; bunch berry; bunchberry; puppy-wood; puppywood
Species common name(s)Nuttall's dogwood; Nuttall's flowering dogwood; Nuttall dogwood; Nuttall flowering dogwood; Pacific dogwood; Pacific mountain dogwood; Pacific flowering dogwood; western flowering dogwood; western flowering-dogwood; large-flowered dogwood; large flowered dogwood; large-flower dogwood; large flower dogwood
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawestern dogwood, mountain dogwood, flowering dogwood, flowering-dogwood, tree dogwood are applied to multiple Cornus taxa; kinnikinik, kinnikinnik, kinnikinnick, kinnikinnic, kinnikinic, kinnikinick, dogberry, dog-berry, dog berry, hounds berry, houndsberry applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesNuttall, Pacific are proper names, so upper case preferable; Nuttalls, Nuttal, Nuttals, Nuttal's, Nuttals' are errors
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