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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 (

TaxonLigustrum lucidum
Family common name(s)olive; ash
Genus common name(s)ligustrum; liguster; privet
Species common name(s)glossy privet; glossy privet ligustrum; glossy tree privet; Chinese glossy privet; Chinese wax-leaved privet; Chinese wax leaved privet; Chinese wax-leaf privet; Chinese wax leaf privet; broad-leaved privet; broad leaved privet; broad-leafed privet; broad leafed privet; broad-leaf privet; broad leaf privet; broadleaf privet; large-leaved privet; large leaved privet; large-leafed privet; large leafed privet; large-leaf privet; large leaf privet; largeleaf privet; Nepal privet; white wax tree; white-wax tree
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatree privet, Chinese tree privet, Chinese privet, Japanese privet, wax-leaf privet, wax leaf privet, waxleaf privet, wax-leaf ligustrum, wax leaf ligustrum, waxleaf ligustrum, wax ligustrum are applied to multiple Ligustrum taxa; wax privet, wax-privet are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesChinese, Nepal are proper names, so upper case preferable
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