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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 fremontii
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)prunus; apricot; cherry tree
Species common name(s)Frémont's desert apricot; Frémont's apricot; Fremont's desert apricot; Fremont's apricot; Frémont desert apricot; Frémont apricot; Fremont desert apricot; Fremont apricot
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert apricot is applied to multiple Prunus taxa; plum, cherry are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesFrémont, Fremont are proper names, so upper case preferable; Frémonts, Fremonts, Fremon's are errors
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