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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 (

TaxonSalix scouleriana
Family common name(s)willow; willows; poplar; poplars; cottonwood
Genus common name(s)salix; willow; willow tree; willow-tree; willowtree; pussy willow; pussy-willow; pussywillow; pussy willows; scrub willow; scrub-willow; osier; saugh; saugh tree; saugh-tree; sally-tree; sally tree; Sally-tree; Sally tree; sally; Sallys; sallys
Species common name(s)Scouler's willow; Scouler's pussy-willow; Scouler's pussy willow; yellow Scouler's willow; Scouler willow; Scouler pussy-willow; Scouler pussy willow; yellow Scouler willow; Nuttall's willow; Nuttall willow; mountain pussy-willow; mountain pussy willow; western pussy willow; fire willow
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxayellow willow, mountain willow, pond willow, blunt-leaved willow, blunt-leaf willow are applied to multiple Salix taxa; black willow, withy, with, widdy are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesScouler, Nuttall are proper names, so upper case preferable; Scoulers, Nuttalls, Nuttal, Nuttals, Nuttal's, Nuttals' are errors
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