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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 (

TaxonPyrus communis
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)pear; ornamental pear
Species common name(s)European pear; common European pear; common pear; European cultivated pear; cultivated pear; domestic pear; table pear
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawild pear, choke pear, choke-pear, Bradford pear are applied to multiple Pyrus taxa
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