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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 (

TaxonGenista canariensis
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)genista; planta genista; woad-waxen; woad waxen; woadwaxen; broom woad-waxen; broom woad waxen; broom woadwaxen
Species common name(s)Canary Island broom; Canary broom; Canarybroom; florist's genista; florists' genista; florists genista
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxayellow genista, fragrant broom, florist's broom are applied to multiple Genista taxa; broom, scented broom, introduced broom are applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; wild broom, fountain of gold are applied to taxa in multiple families
Noteswhen Canary is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
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