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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 (

TaxonMenziesia ferruginea
Family common name(s)heath; heather; heathwort; heathworts
Genus common name(s)menziesia
Species common name(s)rusty menziesia; rusty-leaved menziesia; rusty leaved menziesia; rusty-leaf menziesia; rusty leaf menziesia; rustyleaf menziesia; rusty-leaf mock-azalea; Pacific menziesia; western menziesia; false azalea; fool's huckleberry; fools' huckleberry; fools huckleberry; false huckleberry; western minnie-bush; western minniebush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamock-azalea, mock azalea are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPacific is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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