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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 (

TaxonRobinia pseudoacacia
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)robinia; black locust; black locust tree; American locust; North American locust; North American locust tree
Species common name(s)common robinia; common black locust; common black locust tree; common locust; common locust tree; pseudo-acacia; false-acacia; false acacia; faux-acacia; faux acacia; bastard acacia; pea-flowered locust; pea-flower locust; pea flower locust; peaflower locust; post locust; shipmast locust; white-flower robinia; white flowering robinia; yellow locust; green locust; white locust; white honey-flower; white laburnum; whya tree
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxared locust, red-flowering locust, red flowering locust, false black locust are applied to multiple Robinia taxa; locust, locust tree, sweet-locust, sweet locust, sweetlocust applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; silver-chain, silver chain, treenail are applied to taxa in multiple families; honey-locust, honey locust, honeylocust are more commonly applied to Gleditsia
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