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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 (

TaxonRosa californica
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)rose; wild rose; wildrose; true rose
Species common name(s)California rose; California wild rose; California wildrose; Californian rose; Californian wild rose
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalittle wild rose is applied to multiple Rosa taxa
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