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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 (

TaxonPrunus cerasifera
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)prunus; apricot; cherry tree
Species common name(s)cherry plum; cherry-plum; cherryplum; purple cherry plum; purple cherry-plum; purple-leaved cherry plum; purple-leaved cherry-plum; purple leaved cherry plum; purple-leaved plum; purple-leaved flowering plum; purple leaved flowering plum; purple-leafed prunus; purple-leafed cherry plum; purple-leafed cherry-plum; purple leafed cherry plum; purple-leafed flowering plum; purple leafed flowering plum; purple-leaf cherry plum; purple-leaf cherry-plum; purple leaf cherry plum; purpleleaf cherry plum; purple-leaf cherryplum; purple leaf cherryplum; purple-leaf flowering plum; purple leaf flowering plum; purpleleaf flowering plum; purple-leaf plum; purple leaf plum; purpleleaf plum; purple-leaf flowering plum; Myrobalan plum; Myrobalan cherry plum; Myrobalan cherry-plum
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaflowering plum, purple plum, sand plum are applied to multiple Prunus taxa; plum, cherry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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