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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 (

TaxonTorreya californica
Family common name(s)yew
Genus common name(s)torreya; stinking-cedar; stinking cedar
Species common name(s)California torreya; California nutmeg; California-nutmeg; California nutmeg-yew; California nut-meg; California nut meg; California nutmeg tree; California false-nutmeg; California false nutmeg; California stinking-cedar; California stinking cedar; California stinking-yew; California stinking yew; Californian torreya; Californian nutmeg; Californian nut meg
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafalse nutmeg, false-nutmeg, false nutmeg tree are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCalifornia, Californian are proper names, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcTorreya myristica Hook.; Tumion californicum (Torr.) Greene
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