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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 (

TaxonPopulus X parryi
Family common name(s)willow; willows; poplar; poplars; cottonwood
Genus common name(s)populus; poplar; poplar-tree; poplar tree; popple; popple tree; popple-tree; cottonwood; cotton-wood; cotton wood; cottonwood tree; cotton tree; alamo; aspen
Species common name(s)Parry's poplar; Parry poplar
NotesParry is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etc[Populus balsamifera subsp. trichocarpa X Populus fremontii]
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