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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 (

TaxonCytisus multiflorus
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)cytisus
Species common name(s)sweet white Spanish broom; white Spanish-broom; white Spanish broom; white Spanishbroom; white-flower broom
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaPortuguese broom, white-flowered broom are applied to multiple Cytisus taxa; broom, white broom, Spanish broom, European broom, introduced broom are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; wild broom is applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesSpanish is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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