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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 (

TaxonMelia azedarach
Family common name(s)mahogany
Genus common name(s)melia
Species common name(s)Chinaberry tree; Chinaberry-tree; China-berry tree; Chinaberrytree; Chinaberry umbrella tree; China bead-tree; pride of China bead tree; Japanese bead tree; Syrian bead-tree; Syrian bead tree; Indian bead tree; syringa berrytree; syringa berry-tree; syringa berry tree; Cape syringa; South African syringa; African syringa; red seringea; tulip cedar; Sichuan pogoda tree; Sichuan pogoda-tree; pride of Persia; Texas umbrella tree; Texas umbrella-tree; Texas umbrellatree; lelah; sendan; azedarach
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaChinaberry, chinaberry, China-berry, China berry, china berry, bead tree, bead-tree, beadtree, pride-of-China, pride of China, China-tree, China tree, pride of India, pride-of-India, Indian lilac, Indian-lilac, Persian lilac, Cape lilac, Chinese umbrella tree, Chinese umbrella, umbrella tree, umbrellatree, white cedar, bastard-cedar, bastard cedar, bastardcedar, paraíso, paraiso, paradise-tree, paradise tree are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesJapanese, Syrian, India, Indian, South African, Texas are proper names, so upper case preferable; when China, Cape are used as proper names, upper case preferable
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