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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 subcordata
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)prunus; apricot; cherry tree
Species common name(s)Pacific plum; western plum; Klamath plum; Sierra plum; sierra plum
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsKellogg's Klamath plum [var. kelloggii]; Oregon Klamath plum [var. oregana]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawild plum is applied to multiple Prunus taxa; plum, cherry are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesKlamath, Kellogg are proper names, so upper case preferable; Kelloggs, Kellog, Kellog's are errors; when Sierra is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. kelloggii Lemmon; var. oregana (Greene) W. Wight; var. rubicunda Jeps.; var. subcordata
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