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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 (

TaxonPittosporum crassifolium
Family common name(s)pittosporum
Genus common name(s)pittosporum
Species common name(s)karo pittosporum; karo; thick-leaved pittosporum; thick leaved pittosporum; thick-leaved box; thick leaved box; thick-leaf box; thick leaf box; red-flowered pittosporum; stiff-leaved cheesewood; stiff-leaf cheesewood; stiffleaf cheesewood
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatarata, tarata pittosporum, New Zealand pittosporum is applied to multiple Pittosporum taxa; cheesewood, butterbush, mock-orange, mock orange, mockorange, box, boxwood are applied to taxa in multiple families
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