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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 (

TaxonSchinus molle
Family common name(s)sumac; sumach; sumachs; cashew; poison-oak; poison oak; poison-ivy; poison ivy
Genus common name(s)pepper tree; peppertree; huigen; huingan; American mastic tree
Species common name(s)Peruvian pepper; Peruvian mastic tree; Peruvian mastic-tree; Peruvian mastictree; Peruvian pepperina; false peppertree; false pepper tree; aguaribay; molle del Peru
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaPeruvian pepper tree, Peruvian pepper-tree, Peruvian peppertree, Chilean pepper-tree, Chilean pepper tree, Chilean peppertree, South American pepper-tree, South American pepper tree, South American peppertree, Brazilian pepper tree, Brazilian pepper-tree, Brazilian peppertree, pepperina are applied to multiple Schinus taxa; false pepper, American pepper are applied to taxa in multiple families
Notesalthough native to South America (not California), sometimes called California pepper tree, California pepper-tree, California peppertree, Californian pepper tree
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